Craig Collins was walking downhill on Earl Street on Saturday afternoon when a dark blue sedan came barreling down the steep Silver Lake street. Collins jumped out of the way and watched as car cut across busy Glendale Boulevard before crashing into a pole in the 2400 block of Earl Street. He described what happened:
I was walking down the hill and jumped out of the way. Car flew across Glendale Blvd., missing an MTA bus by about 5 seconds, then slammed into a power pole, severing it. No other cross traffic, luckily. Jaws of life used to extract passengers. Driver had worst injuries.
Collins said the car lost its brakes but an officer with the Central Traffic Bureau on Sunday had no details on the accident that took place at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Collins said the accident was a reminder that drivers should not take the steep streets of Silver Lake for granted. “We get used to our narrow and steep streets, but they must always be driven on cautiously, said Collins, who recommends using low gear when traveling down those hills.