Fifteen people were injured, one critically, in a Monterey Park crash when a fire engine rammed into a restaurant. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred the afternoon of April 16, 2014. California Highway Patrol officials said the fire engines from Monterey Park and Alhambra were responding to the same structural fire when the two collided at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues sending the Monterey Park engine crashing into Lu Dumpling House. Six firefighters and eight civilians were injured. One other civilian was hospitalized in critical condition.
The restaurant’s owner said a man standing in line outside was hit by the truck, pushed in the restaurant and was trapped under the wreckage. CHP officials are investigating the crash. Monterey Park fire officials say both engines were traveling Code 3, which means they must slow at an intersection and proceed when it is safe. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the two fire engines were involved in the initial collision at the intersection and one of them ricocheted into the restaurant as a result of that impact. There are still several unanswered questions here. What caused the initial collision between the two fire engines? At what speed were the fire engines traveling? Which one of the drivers was at fault? Did both of them fail to stop at the intersection? I trust CHP officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
Injured civilians who were wounded in this crash can seek compensation from the at-fault agency for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. It is important that any personal injury claim against a government agency be properly filed within 180 days of the incident (California Government Code Section 911.2).