6 people injured, 2 of them shocked, when SUV hits light pole
At least six people were injured -- two of them critically -- when an SUV smashed into a fire hydrant and light pole Wednesday night in Valley Village and sparked an electrical hazard, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.
The two critically injured victims were apparently shocked after water gushed from the hydrant around the downed power pole. One victim may have been the driver of the vehicle, and the other a bystander who tried to rescue the driver, said Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.
"One of our obvious concerns was the electrical hazard," Scott told The Times.
City crews had shut down the water and power at the scene at Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue after the crash, which was reported about 8:30 p.m.
Scott said the SUV ended up on the front lawn of a home, with a portion of the pole under the vehicle.
The condition of the other victims was not immediately known.
— Robert J. Lopez