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Suspected DUI crash in Sherman Oaks sets truck ablaze

May 10, 2012 |  7:05 am

A fiery crash in Sherman Oaks that took down a light pole and high-voltage power lines ended in the arrest of a truck driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Authorities say the woman crashed on Ventura Boulevard near Lankershim Boulevard about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, and her small, black truck caught fire.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence posted on the department's website that a second vehicle was involved in the crash; that driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said the truck's driver was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI.

KTLA reported that one witness, Oscar Megana, rushed to the scene and helped the woman out of her burning truck.

"I didn't see the accident, I just heard and I saw a flash, and I just ran over there and she was already trying to get out," Megana told the TV station.

He added that at one point, the woman actually tried to get back into her vehicle.

"She was in shock," Megana said. "When it started to burst into flames, she ran back. We were sitting there like, 'No, no, no, we gotta get away.'"


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