GLENDALE (CBS) — The Army Corps of Engineers may have to be called in to remove a Mercedes sedan from the Verdugo Wash, after a woman mistook it for the freeway.

The 53-year-old Glendale woman told police she drove into the wash at Glenoaks and Kenilworth Road in Glendale about 11 a.m. Maintenance workers, who got her to stop at San Fernando Road, told police she reached speeds of about 70 mph.

The woman complained of some back pain, so she was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

As far as the sedan, a crane may have to be used to get it out of the wash, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

“It can’t go forward because there’s an 8-foot drop,” Lorenz said. “Can’t go backward because it went over a 3- to 4-foot drop.”

In addition, the agencies overseeing the wash vary. It so happens that the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the area of the wash where the Mercedes stopped.

In order to get a crane in to remove the sedan, authorities may have to shut down the Metrolink train that runs over the area and San Fernando Boulevard to get to it.

Comments (9)
  1. Marty says:

    If I only had a brain.

    1. james says:

      Marty: Thanks for the laugh!

  2. !!! says:

    she didn’t notice that there were no other cars on the “freeway”??? and no painted lines???!!!

  3. Greg says:

    How the heck do you even get in there? I find it difficult at times to get in to the Bike Path along the LA River. How do get get a whole car in there?

    This woman needs a mental evaluation. She’s only 53 years old.

  4. ILLEGALS says:

    Should do a drug test before releasing her..

  5. Jason says:

    And of course it was a women. I’m a DMV drive test examiner and women either drive so dam safe that they become a hazard to other drivers or they just have zero hand/eye coordination. It’s either one extreme or the other.

  6. Maria la O says:

    They do not need to bring an expensive crane. Just get some planks and build a temporary ramp for the car to go backwards. You do not need an engineering degree to figure that out. Perhaps she tought that she could cut down on driving time. I would not be surprised if she just decided to do it on account of the freeways jam up. She just did not anticipate that there would be a drop off ahead.

  7. Michael J. McDermott says:

    Everybody drives like that in Glendale. Maybe everybody smokes methamphetamine in Glendale too.

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