Nine people were injured — some life-threateningly — and a woman was arrested Sunday in a suspected DUI-crash in Canoga Park in which a sheared fire hydrant flooded a store, causing its roof to collapse and prompting authorities to red-tag it, according to a fire official and reports from the scene.
The two-vehicle crash happened about 8:50 p.m. in the 20900 block of West Sherman Way, at De Soto Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
Nine injured people were taken to hospitals by paramedics, four of whom suffered “potentially life-threatening injuries,” Humphrey said. He could not provide details on the ages, genders or specific medical conditions of the patients nor circumstances about how they were hurt. A broadcast report indicated that children appeared to have been injured.
An LAPD officer told reporters at the scene that at least one injured person had been inside the WSS shoe store when the deluge of water from the hydrant collapsed the roof of the building.
The water also caused interior damage to the store, Humphrey said. It was red-tagged as uninhabitable by the Department of Building and Safety, according to news reports from the scene.
A woman at the wheel of a red Kia Optima involved in the crash was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the LAPD officer said.