5-Car Pileup At Sunset Junction Sunday (Photos)

The action started just after noon across from Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake, when a Passat wagon slammed on the brakes.

Sunday brunchers on patios along Sunset Boulevard near Sunset Junction had a surprise when a car rear-ended another, touching off a chain reaction.

A total of five vehicles were involved in the pile-up, which began just east of Sanborn Avenue in the inner westbound lane.

The trouble began when the driver of a blue Passat slammed on the brakes, rear-ending a white vehicle.

Three other vehicles banged up behind him.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division received the call at 12:06 p.m.

According to Central Traffic police on the scene, Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics transported a woman to the hospital after she banged her head on the windshield.

The officers there expected her to have suffered minor injuries.

Most of the vehicles involved were able to pull off the road and park along the north side of Sunset Boulevard to talk with police and among themselves.

The white car, however, remained in traffic until about 1:15 p.m., when it was removed on a flatbed truck.

No information was available about what caused the driver of the Passat to slam on his brakes.

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Editor: A previous version of this story said the incident happened just west of Sanborn Avenue. It happened just east of the street as is reflected in the current copy.

Mark September 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
There is nothing inherently wrong with that stretch of Sunset to cause such an accident. So, I would have to think it was either a driver making a dumb move and suddenly hitting the brakes (as in too much girl watching!), or a driver making a smart move after a pedestrian or bicyclist darted in front. As for the backup, one tends to blame tailgating; but I've had incidents over the years that tell me that seriously unexpected things like that sudden stop tend to leave drivers behind hesitating in disbelief before they hit their brakes. But alas, we probably shall never know.
Al Guerrero September 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I live a few yards away and I hear screeching halts and collisions on average once a day. I can speculate on the causes but I'm sure that one common reason is texting and phone use while driving.


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