Sheriff’s bus makes an unscheduled stop in Elysian Heights

Photo by Zach Ayres

Photo by Zach Ayres

ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — All manner of large vehicles – moving vans, Metro buses and stretch limos – have gotten stuck trying to maneuver up and down the steep streets and tight turns of Elysian Heights and Echo Park. But this appears to be a first: an  L.A. County Sheriff’s Department bus – the kind used to transport prisoners – got stuck this morning as it headed down Cerro Gordo Street and tried to make a turn at Echo Park Avenue.

“This happens every day at the intersection of EP Ave and Cerro Gordo,” said Zach Ayers, who took a photo of the stuck bus.

After more than an hour, a tow truck came to free the bus shortly before noon. But what about the passengers/prisoners?  Was it picking up or dropping off a neighborhood jailbird?

There were no passengers, said an officer. “It’s a training bus.” Looks like they learned never to drive down Cerro Gordo again.

City Terrace tow to the resuce

City Terrace tow to the rescue

The bus left gouge marks in the street as it was towed.

The bus left gouge marks in the street as it was towed.

echo park and cerro gordo map

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  1. You can see the grooves left in the pavement from other trucks that have gotten stuck there. First bus I’ve seen though.

  2. Bake ’em away, toys

  3. How in the hell did he get up there in first place? There is no reason a bus should ever be in that part of the neighborhood. It is barely accessible to a car! Coming down that way just shows what an idiot this driver was for going up there in the first place. Thank God for “training”! Must be a pretty low threshold to get on the force.

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