A drive down a steep Silver Lake street turns dangerous

Photo by Craig Collins

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.

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  1. I know firsthand how scary that can be. In the early ’80s my decrepit ’65 Mustang’s brakes failed about two-thirds of the way down Baxter approaching Lake Shore. She hit bottom and launched airborne across the street coming to a stop on the sidewalk miraculously without doing damage to any other property. Hope all the occupants are OK.

  2. Maybe that explains the power outage in the area about an hour later? Good luck to the driver and passengers as well – for injuries as well as trauma. Scary.

  3. Thank goodness that Craig was not injured, that would of been a total loss for our community.

  4. wow! i grew up in silverlake (my father was the reservoir keeper) and in the 70’s a cement truck actually barreled down earl st. (if i remember the street correctly) and ended up IN the house/condo on the corner of earl & glendale blvd., and unfortunately killed/injured the owner/occupant…i can count on one hand how many times i’ve even thought of driving up/down earl…too dangerous of a street…

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