I’m near the wreck, and the air smells like fuel. Why?

I’m in an office less than a quarter mile from the site right now. The air reeks of fuel. Are any other B.LA-ers around the site, too? Why does it smell so heavily of fuel?

13 Replies to “I’m near the wreck, and the air smells like fuel. Why?”

  1. The smell is what woke me up this morning. I live on Los Feliz about a block from the 5. It was pretty bad. While I was driving to work in Burbank, I was scared that my oil was leaking.

    This tragedt is pretty horrific.

  2. I was overwhelmed by the smell while traveling on the 5 North after getting on at Fletcher at 8:20 a.m. It was so strong and so sudden that I had this weird panic sensation that I had entered an oxygen-free zone the size of which I could only hope wasn’t too large.

  3. The 6 a.m. crash set off minor fires and diesel fuel spills as rescuers rushed to the scene at San Fernando Road and Chevy Chase Drive. The area is near where Burbank, Glendale and Atwater Village in Los Angeles meet.

    LA Times

  4. Yeah. I was pulling in to work (a few hundred yards down the train track) right when it happened. The smell was around for about a half the day. (And even then, maybe I just got used to it?) Everyone was in a weird mood for the entire day… probably because the the train tracks pass right behind my building.

  5. More than 4000 gallons of diesel were spilled in the wreck. I’ve posted below a letter that Eric sent out to district residents — the crash site was in the thirteenth district and Eric walked the crash site this morning.

    Dear Friends,

    You will probably have heard by now about the calamitous train wreck that happened this morning on the border of Los Angeles and Glendale in Atwater Village.

    At 6:04 this morning, two passenger trains and a freight train collided. A man attempting suicide had left his car on the track. He abandoned it before the first train hit it, but the ensuing wreck resulted in ten fatalities and more than one hundred people taken to the hospital. By the time you read this, more people may have died. Among the dead were a deputy sheriff and an employee of the Los Angeles Department of Aging.

    This morning, I visited the scene of the wreck. It was horrible. The impact sheared one of the track rails in two. Emergency personnel were
    still searching for trapped victims.

    The injured and the dead are in all of our prayers. Let us also give thanks for acts of bravery and compassion. LAPD Northeast Division
    patrol cars were first to arrive, and officers rescued commuters as the second train was tipping over. More than 4000 gallons of diesel fuel
    were spilled from a freight car; firefighters prevented a disastrous blaze from igniting. Other first responders treated the injured on the scene, and the men and women opening up the Costco adjacent to the wreck provided first aid supplies from their store and assisted emergency
    personnel.

    The only happiness at a time like this is to see the limitless desire of human beings to help one another.

    Yours truly,

    Eric Garcetti
    Los Angeles City Council, District 13

  6. I think its great the Costco employees helped in the effort and didn’t charge for the supplies. Remember when Starbucks charge rescue workers during the attacks on the World Trade Center?

    “Starbucks Apologizes for Charging NYC Rescue Workers for Water
    ALLISON LINN AP Business Writer
    The head of a Brooklyn ambulance company said Tuesday that the president of Starbucks has personally apologized after rescue workers in New York were forced to pay a Starbucks shop $130 for water to treat victims of the terrorist attack. Midwood Ambulance Service President Al Rapisarda said he received a hand-delivered reimbursement check — and a personal call from Starbucks president Orin Smith — after reports of the incident became public. It was a misunderstanding with Starbucks,” Rapisarda said after talking to Smith.

    Midwood Ambulance Service alerted Starbucks to the incident in an e-mail, which was obtained by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Smith said Tuesday he did not know why the coffee shop near the World Trade Center towers charged the rescue workers. It’s totally inconsistent with the kind of behavior we would have expected from our people, so it has been very upsetting to learn of this,” Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press. Shortly after the Sept. 11 attack, rescue workers rushed into a nearby Starbucks store to get water to treat shock victims, Rapisarda said. Ambulance company workers said employees in the shop demanded they pay $130 for three cases of bottled water. The workers paid cash, out of their own pockets. Reached by telephone, the manager of the shop, the Battery Park Plaza Starbucks, declined to comment.”

  7. Thank you Eric GArcetti for that prayer.

    It is heart wrenching to know that people I celebrate here Downtown lost their lives.

    Don Garza

    Downtown Los ANgeles Town Crier

  8. that’s living in a city… I think in some decades or a century, those who live in cities will obviously differ from those who live in the country – either with especially pale and sick look or with other lungs that will adjust to pollution))

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