Car takes a tumble on Echo Park’s steep Baxter Street [correction]

Photo courtesy Michael Wickstrom

ECHO PARK ––   Authorities spent this morning dealing with a car that flipped over on Baxter Street,  which climbs up and down some of the neighborhood’s steepest hills.  Resident Michael Wickstrom said the crash took place at about 10 am in the 1900 block of Baxter east of Lake Shore Avenue.

How did it happen? That’s not clear.  Speeding and traffic congestion have been problems on the hilly street, Wickstrom said.  In this case, however, it appears that the parked car somehow ended up rolling down the hill before it crashed, Wickstrom said. He said no one was in the car and no one was injured.  The Eastsider could not reach police to confirm what happened.

“Further down the hill, a fellow for the power company was up in a basket working on the lines,” Wickstrom said. “I think it gave him quite a scare seeing that car rolling down the hill toward his cherry picker truck.”

 Correction: A previous version of the story said that a driver had been pulled out of the car based on preliminary reports. But Wickstrom, in an update, said no one was in the vehicle.

Photo courtesy Michael Wickstrom

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  1. Hello Waze? GoogleMaps?? Are you listening?!

  2. Hahahaha, the timing of this is just too good. Right after you posted that article about this street too

  3. I live here act like you do too!

    This is a huge problem I could hear the yelling and shit talking going on ! I hope that person is okay! It is a daily nightmare living here! Wayz app has to go! We need speed bumps in Lake Shore and a stop sign!

  4. Michael Wickstrom

    Update to the report: There was no one in the car, The car was not properly braked as parked, and rolled down the street on its own. No one was hurt.
    There is still many problems on this section of Baxter, especially during rush hour and when the road is damp or wet.

  5. may I suggest bricks under your tires?

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