UPDATE: Crash leaves motorist trapped in van for half an hour, causes small gasoline spill

Fire Department workers mop up fuel-soaked powder from base of the light pole. Signal photo, Jim Holt
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A motorist became trapped inside his van for more than a half-hour, after colliding with a light pole in Saugus late Friday afternoon.

About 4:40 p.m., first responders were dispatched to reports of a traffic collision on Bouquet Canyon Road at Wellston Road, just south of Plum Canyon Road.

Van with front end damage towed from the crash scene. Signal photo, Jim Holt.

“This call was for a (van) that struck a light pole with one person becoming trapped as a result,” said Michael Pittman, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Paramedics dispatched to the crash arrived at the scene and found the driver pinned inside his vehicle — a black business van with the words “True 3D Sound” printed on its side.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station also responded to the call.

“The driver was reported to be out of the vehicle at 5:10 p.m.,” Pittman said.

The injured motorist was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., firefighters were called back to the crash scene when gasoline began spilling from the damaged van.

“We went back there at 8:26 p.m. for a fuel spill,” Fire Department spokesman Jeremy Stafford said. 

Firefighters began mopping up the spill with a white powder at the base of the light pole hit.

“When they pulled the van away, gas started pouring out,” said one deputy at the scene, referring to the tow truck that loaded the van onto a flatbed.

Firefighters began mopping up the spill with a white powder at the base of the light pole hit .

While crews cleaned up the spill and towed away the crumpled van, they closed the southbound lanes of Bouquet Canyon Road at Plum Canyon Road.

The cleanup lasted until 9 p.m.

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