Crash Takes Out Three Vehicles, Leaves Live Power Line Dangling; Street Closed for Hours

A large white truck slammed into three vehicles Monday morning causing disruption in the 800 block of Garfield Avenue. There were no reports of injuries. Photo by Steve Whitmore

Police are still investigating a violent traffic accident involving a large white truck that sideswiped three parked cars causing significant damage, dislodging a live power line on Garfield Avenue near the border of San Marino and South Pasadena.

At about 4:35 a.m. Monday, the white truck for some unknown reason crashed into three parked cars in the 1800 block of Garfield Avenue, just north of Mission Street, ripping the side off of one vehicle, and then rear-ended another that, then in turn, crashed into one other vehicle. The cars were parked on the Southside of Garfield Avenue. The crash was so violent, police said at the scene, metal shrapnel from one of the vehicles was embedded about 20 feet up into a tree. All the vehicles that were struck were Subaru’s. The actual chain of events are still somewhat sketchy because of the early morning hours of the crash, police said.

This Subaru was rear-ended by a truck early Monday morning in the 800 block of Garfield Avenue. The street was closed to traffic for several hours. Photos by Steve Whitmore

Moreover, Garfield Avenue was blocked off from all traffic because the crash resulted in a live wire coming loose at the top of one of the power poles. The street was reopened, and the powerline secured at around 12:20 p.m., according to South Pasadena police Sgt. Shannon Robledo.

Shrapnel from one of the crashed cars is embedded high up in a tree.

“The investigation is still open,” Robledo said. The police report does indicate that the cause of the crash was the truck driver made an unsafe turning movement, according to Robledo.

Garfield was closed to traffic from about 4:35 a.m. until the power company secured the live wires, which took most of the morning. Police urged residents to stay away from the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Mission Street until the site was safe.

Police declined to identify the driver of the truck.