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Car crashes into building in Newhall

Posted: July 22, 2014 6:38 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2014 6:38 p.m.

An SUV crashed into a building in Newhall at around 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday. Photo by Rick McClure/For the Signal.


One person was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-serious injuries after a vehicle crashed into a building in Newhall on Tuesday, according to an official.

The incident was reported at around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday when an SUV ran into Traffic Management Incorporated, which is located on the 23000 block of Newhall Avenue, according to Sgt. Brian Allen with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

A photograph from the scene shows damage to the property where the SUV crashed, including a toppled portion of a low-rising wall and several damaged windows.

One person was injured and transported to the hospital, Allen said, but it does not appear anyone was seriously injured in the incident.


missyJk: Posted: July 22, 2014 10:21 p.m.

I already know the answer to this, but i will ask it anyway do people out here know how to drive? and the different location for the gas pedal and the brake

ricketzz: Posted: July 23, 2014 9:10 a.m.

Ironic that the truck crashed into a traffic safety company.

Checksum: Posted: July 23, 2014 9:13 a.m.

A crash at the Traffic Management building. Oh, the irony!

OICU812: Posted: July 23, 2014 10:26 a.m.

What this article fails to mention is: 1) this woman rear ended another vehicle that was stopped in traffic heading towards Saugus approximately 1/8th of a mile before this building. 2) this woman then continued to travel down Newhall Ave. after colliding with the first vehicle in the center median without hitting anyone else before she manages to make a left and crash into this building.

Keep up the fabulous journalism!!

CharleneMcCarthyBlake: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:26 p.m.

Toyota and Lexus are #1 in cases of sudden unintended acceleration and FORD is #2. The current unintended acceleration plaguing newer vehicles is the electronically-induced type. The engine throttle control systems depend on computer software to command them. Sometimes glitches in some of your other electronic devices...which can cause the command to be different than what you desire. 'The evidence of the glitch is often undetectable after the vehicle is restarted. Unfortunately, the EDR (black box) is not always accurate as shown by expert Dr. Antony Anderson in his analysis of a 2012 Toyota Highlander. The EDR results indicated the driver was not braking when she was doing so. The EDR results are inconsistent.

The key to avoiding a horrific crash during a SUA event is whether or not the vehicle has an effective fail-safe in the event a glitch occurs. If it does not, as in the case of the glitch-prone Toyota ETCS-i, then the vehicle may become a runaway with an ineffective means to stop it. Unfortunately, the safety standards aren't as strict in automobiles as they are in airplanes. Some manufacturers have more effective fail-safes than others. In the case of Toyota, an embedded software expert, Michael Barr (see Oklahoma Bookout vs. Toyota court case involving a 2005 Camry) found that an electronic glitch could induce a SUA event. Another expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, found that a SUA event could also be triggered by "tin whisker" formation, particularly in 2002-2006 Toyota Camry vehicles.

SUA events have been DEADLY for vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and people in storefronts, buildings, and even homes. The numbers of such crashes are ever-increasing with the advent of the very complex ELECTRONIC throttle control systems.

With the increase in such serious vehicle crashes, there is a concerted effort to show driver "pedal misapplication" or a "medical condition" or some other reason for the incident...anything other than a vehicle defect. Investigators aren't scrutinizing the buggy electronic throttle control software or other conditions that can elicit a terrifying sudden unintended acceleration incident. They usually just examine the *mechanical* causes which tend to be just red herrings in these cases. Investigators simply don't have the expertise to find such electronic glitches. In fact, the staff at the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, do not have this very specialized training!

CharleneMcCarthyBlake: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:27 p.m.

Think of it...the next step in electronically-controlled vehicles seems to be so-called "self-driving cars." Do YOU want to be in a such a vehicle when there is no evidence that strict safety standards, particularly in the throttle control system's software, have been adhered to? Will you just BLINDLY trust the automaker (criminally-investigated and nearly-prosecuted Toyota and soon-to-be GM and others?) to come through for you and your family's safety *on its own*?

A recently published Huffington Post article by Jonathan Handel,
How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says 'Trust Us'
Posted: 07/01/2014 7:23 pm EDT Updated: 07/02/2014 1:48 pm EDT speaks to these very issues and poses tough questions about Google's "driverless" vehicles. Educate yourself carefully before you put your faith in automakers who have knowingly lied to their customers and the government for decades. Study the issue of vehicle electronic sudden unintended acceleration and ask WHY we aren't seeing it addressed publicly. WHY is blame placed on the driver with little more than speculation about which pedal was used or with little more than an assumption on medical condition. This is being done *even when the drivers steadfastly cite a VEHICLE PROBLEM as the cause of the crash. Absence of proof is not proof of absence of a serious ELECTRONIC computer glitch or other electronically-caused SUA.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:41 p.m.

Did I miss something? How did we get from rear-ending a car and crashing into a building to "sudden unintended acceleration"?? Was there another story linking this crash to unintended acceleration?

This could have been any number of things...medical emergency, DUI, or just plain stupidity. Either way, pontificating about SUA and electronic vehicles seems premature and a little ridiculous....unless you're a lawyer or related to the driver of the truck and trying to set up a case. In which case it should be pointed out the vehicle in question appears to be a Chevy, not a Lexus/Toyota or Ford as mentioned the novel you posted above.

Baddog1: Posted: July 23, 2014 12:58 p.m.

Re: SUA, in many of those cases (not all), Gearshift to Neutral, Apply Brakes. Disaster avoided.

Rocketeer: Posted: July 23, 2014 1:49 p.m.

@Charlene,etc: It says right on the building's sign "TMI." Too much information!

@Baddog1: Yep, that's it exactly. The only thing I would add is "if all else fails, turn off ignition." Unfortunately, there appears to be no place for common sense in today's society.

ride2live: Posted: July 23, 2014 5:50 p.m.

Charlene must of been the dim wit behind the wheel and is lining up her evidence to sue the bldg owner and car mfg. BTW, nevered heard about the SUA of suburbans, did you?

Baddog1: Posted: July 23, 2014 5:58 p.m.

There is a fair chance that Charlene is in the Law business.

OICU812: Posted: July 24, 2014 3:36 p.m.

@Charlene: SUA does not occur with GM vehicles. GM vehicles go into no acceleration default when there is any issue with the throttle system. System screen indicates loss of power and the check engine light comes on and stores a fault code.

Baddog1: Posted: July 24, 2014 6:02 p.m.

If you google Charlene's full name, there are dozens of similar rants about this SUA stuff. She was either touched by this issue or makes a living from it.

OICU812: Posted: July 24, 2014 7:02 p.m.

She's probably an ambulance chaser attorney.

SReilly12: Posted: July 25, 2014 12:43 a.m.

If she makes a living at it - wonder if she charges for each word she types!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 25, 2014 1:07 p.m.

Larry H. Parker got me three million.

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