The accident caused the collapse of the roof of a commercial establishment on Sunday night
Nine people were injured, including four seriously, in a chain reaction accident in Canoga Park that also cut a fire hydrant, which caused the roof collapse of a nearby shoe storesaid the authorities. One of the drivers involved was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
The accident between two vehicles It took place shortly before 9 p.m. at Sherman Way and De Soto Avenue, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
One of the vehicles cut a fire hydrant, sending a geyser (water heater) to the air, and to the Warehouse Shoe Sale store. The accumulation of water at the top of the building caused the roof to yield. The impact also knocked down the high voltage lines.
"It was a lot of water," said the chief of the Fire Department battalion, Thomas Gikas.
Among the injured was a 10-year-old boy who was inside the store and suffered a broken leg after the roof collapsed, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Joe McGee said.
A car was heading south on De Soto Avenue when it collided with the other, which was heading west on Sherman Way. Cars collided at the intersection, sending the car westbound against the fire hydrant.
The driver of the car heading south, described as a 29-year-old woman, She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after agents detected a "strong smell of alcohol" in her breathsaid McGee. Initial tests indicated that his blood alcohol level was approximately twice the legal limit. His identity has not yet been revealed.