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Driver survives multiple-car crash

Man sustains minor injuries after careening into three cars and a concrete wall.

January 24, 2012|By Veronica Rocha,
  • A passerby walks past the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on the 3700 block of Foothill in Glendale on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
A passerby walks past the scene of a multi-vehicle accident…

A 35-year-old Sunland man who apparently lost control of his Toyota Corolla on Tuesday escaped serious injury after crashing into three cars and slamming into a concrete wall on Foothill Boulevard, police said.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where he was treated for cuts and bruises, police said. No other injuries to other drivers caught in the melee were reported.

Glendale police said a preliminary investigation showed the Corolla lost its brakes while he was behind the wheel, causing him to lose control.

Police officials said the man was driving east on Foothill Boulevard toward Boston Avenue at about 12:17 p.m. when he collided with a vehicle twice.

After crashing and swerving around the car, he broadsided another vehicle that was stopped at a red light at Foothill and Boston, Glendale police Officer Tom Broadway said.


Witnesses said the man was traveling 50 to 60 mph on Foothill, which is marked as a 40-mph speed zone.

The man barreled through the red light and lost control of his Toyota, which began spinning, Broadway said.

His Toyota struck the rear of a parked car, which hit a telephone pole and collided with another car parked in front of it, he said.

Meanwhile, the Corolla collided into a tree and a concrete wall, preventing it from barreling into an acupuncture center.


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