(CNS) Two women who tried to help victims of an auto accident in Valley Village tonight were electrocuted, authorities said.
One of the dead women was a neighbor who lived quite close to the crash site and went to try to help, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Peter Willingham told the press.
"The other was a woman who was riding in a car with her husband behind the accident,'' Willingham told CBS2. "She got out with her husband to try and help people and she was also electrocuted and died later at the hospital.''
Seven other people were injured when a vehicle sheared off a fire hydrant and light stand about 8:25 p.m. in the 12000 block of Magnolia Boulevard, near Ben Avenue, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Six of the other injured people were taken to hospitals, while the seventh declined to be transported, Scott said.
"This is a tragic, tragic accident,'' Scott said. "Here's a case where we have many people with good intentions trying to save people and two of them died as a result.
"This is also another reminder to people who want to help at the scene of an accident that they need to stay aware of their surroundings and if there is any question as to their safety, they should wait for rescuers to arrive.'' When firefighters arrived, the vehicle was on the front lawn of a home on the northwest corner of Magnolia and Ben Avenue, Scott said.
"I was sitting on my couch waiting for my dad and brother to get home,'' Christie Vergini, a Valley Village resident told FOX 11. "I heard the crash and thought it would have been them,'' she said. "I came running out and saw the car and saw the water. All of a sudden I saw a
lady come out of nowhere. "She walked up, stepped in the the water and fell backwards with her arms straight out. I ran back to my house to get my phone and came back,''
Vergini continued. "There was a huge crowd of people and another lady reaching in to
help,'' Vergini said.
The Department of Water and Power was called to help firefighters deal with the electrical and water problems. Firefighters worked aggressively to shut down the flow of water and
treat the injured.
The crash was being investigated by LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. Anyone with information on the crash was asked to call Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8000.