Crash Sends Child-Filled Van Hanging Over Edge of Wash

All got out of the vehicle safely

By Melissa Pamer and Lucy Adeniran
|  Saturday, Dec 8, 2012  |  Updated 4:30 PM PDT
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Crash Sends Child-Filled Van Hanging Over Wash

Mike Meadows

A van with 13 children inside hung over the edge of the Pacoima Wash this morning after a crash.

A traffic collision sent a van with 13 children inside hanging precariously over the edge of the concrete-lined Pacoima Wash Saturday morning.

The crash, in the 15100 block of West Parthenia Street in North Hills, happened at 8:20 a.m., according to Officer Bobby Hammers of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

A van with 13 children and two adults hit an Acura SUV, sending the van careening. It broken through a fence and low concrete barrier, landing with its two front wheels hanging over the edge of the wash, which trickled more than 10 feet below.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the crash, and all occupants of the van got out of the vehicle safely.

One child complained of a minor injury and was taken to a hospital by his mother, Hammers said. No others were injured and

One of the vehicles involved ran a red light, but it was not clear which one, Hammers said. The crash remains under investigation.

The Pacoima Wash is a tributary to the Tujunga Wash, which runs into the Los Angeles River.

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