A fiery crash in Studio City would have led to one woman’s untimely demise had it not been for the actions of a brave man who pulled her from the vehicle.
The accident occurred in the 10700 block of Ventura Boulevard at 12:15 a.m.
According to police reports, the woman was driving in a pickup truck at a high rate of speed when she slammed into a utility power pole.
The force of the impact sent the power lines crashing down, showering the road in sparks and lighting the vehicle on fire.
A witness saw the crash and rushed to the scene to help the driver.
“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,” Oscar Megana said.
He also said that the woman was in shock, and tried to return to the car.
“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.'”
Firefighters tried to access the vehicle, but they were blocked by the live power lines. They used high-pressure hoses to put about the blaze, and it was finally subdued about 20 minutes later.
The woman suffered a few minor injuries.
She was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after she failed a sobriety test.
About 500 people were left without power because of the accident.
Crews were sent to repair the pole and the damage was finally fixed later at night.
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