Santa Barbara bus takes a wrong turn in Elysian Heights

Stranded Santa Barbara bus blocks Echo Park Avenue

Stranded Santa Barbara bus blocks Echo Park Avenue | Meredith Brady

ELYSIAN HEIGHTS –– A charter bus out of Santa Barbara became the most recent large vehicle to run into trouble at the intersection of Echo Park Avenue and Cerro Gordo, stranding a group of passengers at the corner late Saturday afternoon.

In late June, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department bus got stuck after bottoming out in the same spot as it headed eastbound down a steep section of Cerro Gordo.  The Santa Barbara bus got stuck as it was headed west on the same street. Where was it going?  One resident said it looked like the group, which eventually was seen walking down the street, may have been going to a Dodger game. Hope they made it on time.

Stranded bus and passengers at Echo Park and Cerro Gordo | Christine Peters

Stranded passengers at Echo Park and Cerro Gordo | Christine Peters


  1. Fed Up on EP Ave

    Looks like it’s time for some real signage by the City warning large buses and trucks not to come up this way. How many more buses, trucks, etc need to come up this way destroying and blocking our streets?

  2. These two incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. Several vehicles get stuck there each year. There are deep grooves in the asphalt left by vehicles stuck because of the way that corner is constructed. Not just buses but city vehicles, commercial trucks, moving vans etc. have gotten hung up there. Signs are a start, but GPS and company dispatchers will continue to send vehicles down Cerro Gordo toward Echo Park.. At some point the only way to prevent this would be a major reconfiguration of that corner.

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