Accident at Oakwood Avenue and Foothill Boulevard

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The driver of a white Lexus is moved to an ambulance and transported to Verdugo Hills Hospital following a four car collission at Foothill Boulevard and Oakwood Avenue at 12:30 p.m. The driver apparently ran a red light, narrowling missing two pedestrians and striking a northbound car. (Megan O'Neil/Valley Sun)

A four-car collision at the intersection Foothill Boulevard and Oakwood Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge sent two people to the hospital and snarled traffic for more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon.

La Cañada resident Richard O’Toole, who witnessed the accident, said a white Lexus was traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard in the left lane when it rolled through the Oakwood Avenue intersection well after the light had turned red. The Lexus barely missed two young school girls who had already stepped into the crosswalk to make their way across the street, he added.

“As [the Lexus’ driver] entered the intersection the second car was traveling north on Oakwood and they kind of collided in the intersection,” O’Toole said.

The two vehicles were thrust east on Foothill Boulevard into westbound traffic, hitting a Volkswagen Jetta and a minivan.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Milburn Robinson said the investigation was ongoing, but added that it did appear that the Lexus had run a red light. The driver of the Lexus, and the driver of the vehicle that was struck in the intersection, were both transported to Verdugo Hills Hospital with minor injuries, Robinson said.

Andrea Gorman, driver of the Volkswagen Jetta, said she, her daughter and her daugther’s friend were on their way to the movie theater when they were hit head-on.

“I was sitting at the stop light on my way to the movies with two girls in the car, we were going to see New Moon,” Gorman said.

Gorman’s car, along with two other cars, had to be towed from the scene. The fourth car, which was only lightly damaged, was driven away.

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Written by Megan O'Neil

November 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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