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A photographer and reporter from local Fox station KTTV were among five people injured on Friday afternoon when an SUV crashed into a glass storefront on Hollywood Blvd.
FOX LA assistant news director Pete Wilgoren confirmed the crew’s involvement on social media. “our @FOXLA crew was among the injured in that Hollywood crash today near Hollywood and Highland… we are a news FAMILY in this town… saying a big prayer for our team and the others injured in this crash…” he wrote on Twitter.
In its own coverage of the incident, the news outlet identified the crew members as reporter Hal Eisner and photojournalist Joab Perez. Fox 11 further noted that the crew members were working on a story about the opening of the El Capitan Theatre on West Hollywood Blvd. at the time of the crash.
According to an alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. at 6818 W Hollywood Blvd. The report states that several pedestrians were struck and a total of five patients were transported by firefighter-paramedics to a local trauma center. At least four are in a “serious-to-critical” condition. One patient declined to be transported.
A tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division indicated that traffic has impacted the area and people are being asked to seek alternate routes. The LAPD later gave an update that the male driver of the vehicle has been placed under arrest for driving under the influence. The collision remains under investigation.
At 6:45 p.m., the LAPD tweeted an update that “all victims are now listed in a stable condition” and identified two of the victims as tourists from Washington. One of them has “severe injuries with broken ribs, broken leg,” wrote the LAPD on social media. “The other has moderate injuries with lacerations and abrasions.”
our @FOXLA crew was among the injured in that Hollywood crash today near Hollywood and Highland… we are a news FAMILY in this town… saying a big prayer for our team and the others injured in this crash…
— Pete Wilgoren (@WILGOREN) March 19, 2021
❗️Police & @LAFD activity at Hollywood & Highland. Traffic is impacted in the area. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route.
— LAPD Hollywood Division (@LAPDHollywood) March 19, 2021
6:54 p.m.: Updated with LAPD tweet.
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