Update Thursday, Oct. 22 at 11:35 a.m.
According to Tahnee Lightfoot, Glendale Police Dept. spokeswoman, the father and daughter are still in the hospital in serious condition but with non-life threatening injuries.
Update 5:18 p.m.
At 3:38 Glendale Police Dept. received a call of an overturned van, according to Tahnee Lightfoot, spokeswoman for GPD. When they arrived on the scene they realized there was another silver compact vehicle crushed between a utility pole and the van. The driver of the van was traveling southbound on New York and apparently lost control of his vehicle, ran a red light and hit the silver compact that was traveling westbound on Foothill Boulevard.
The driver of the van is in his 20s and reported minor injuries. The driver of the compact vehicle was in his 40s. The passenger was his daughter, a young teen. The father and daughter are listed in critical condition and airlifted to an L.A. County hospital. It is not known if the van had mechanical difficulties or there was driver error. The investigation is ongoing by GPD. All traffic lanes are closed along Foothill Boulevard between Pennsylvania and Dunsmore avenues until about 6 p.m.
Update 4:35 p.m.
The accident occurred at 3:39 p.m. Glendale Fire Dept. had nine resources responding in addition to one Los Angeles County response and one Los Angeles County airship and LASD Air 5. There were three occupants between the two vehicles according to spokesperson Brandy Villanueva, Emergency Services coordinator, City of Glendale, Glendale Fire Department. Two victims were critical and airlifted. The other reported minor injuries. The investigation is continuing.
Emergency personnel are responding to a van versus car traffic accident at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and New York Avenue. The van has overturned crushing the car into a utility pole. Glendale Fire Dept. worked to extract drivers and passengers. LASD Air 5 has landed at Clark Magnet High School to air evacuate one of the victims to the hospital. Another victim was transported by ambulance. Crews are still working to extract additional victims. Traffic is closed on New York and only open westbound on Foothill; eastbound is entirely closed.
Story by Mary O’KEEFE; Photo by Charly SHELTON