UPDATE: Fountain Avenue is now open to traffic in eastbound and westbound directions.
Two vehicles collided on Fountain Avenue this morning, leaving it blocked to westbound traffic between Hayworth and Crescent Heights as of publication of this story.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Fountain and Laurel Ave. Lt. William Nash of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said preliminary reports say one of the vehicles ran a red light and crashed into the other. One vehicle, a truck, rolled over on its side.
Nash said there were no injuries. A witness on the scene said a firefighter rescued a dog from the overturned truck. The crash occurred around 7 a.m.
This latest accident is likely to put more pressure on City Hall to take steps to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety on Fountain. The street is, for the most part, lined with houses and apartment buildings, leading many of those who live there to view it as a residential street. (The residences on much of its north side are in the City of Los Angeles.) However, Fountain also is viewed by many drivers as a major artery for traveling east to west and west to east through West Hollywood.
There have been nearly two dozen vehicle accidents on Fountain Avenue since last December, with one resulting in the death of a pedestrian, Enrique Lopez-Nava, a long-time resident of Formosa Avenue. The most recent accident occurred on Thursday when a pedestrian was hit by a car.
As mentioned in a previous story, at a recent West Hollywood City Council meeting, Hany Demitri, the city’s principal engineer, said that city staffers are working on an interim plan to improve safety on Fountain Avenue. He said he already has met with a subcommittee composed of members of the city’s Transportation and Public Safety commissions to present interim and short-term and long-term plans to address safety issues. Demitri said he hopes to have the interim plan ready to present to the City Council in February.
However, the City Council pushed City Hall to quickly implement some procedures to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety, which City Manager Paul Arevalo agreed to do.
Those measures could include moving to Fountain some of the mobile traffic warning signs that were placed on Santa Monica Boulevard before the pedestrian crosswalk synchronized traffic lights were installed there. The city already has put four flashing lights on Fountain to warn drivers to slow down.