LAFD Rescues Two Teens Caught in Wash in Arleta

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Two teenagers who were trapped in a wash in Arleta Friday were rescued by firefighters, authorities said.


Authorities responding to two teens in a wash Friday. (Credit: KTLA)

The two were under a bridge near the intersection of the 118 and 5 freeways in a tributary to the Los Angeles River.

Water was rushing through the wash where the pair were stuck, and multiple fire crews and police officers were on scene, aerial video showed.

The incident was reported just before 3:45 p.m., according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who gave the address as 10448 Arleta Ave. (map)

Aerial video appeared to show the two — a boy and a girl — were under Laurel Canyon Boulevard where it crosses under the 118 Freeway.

Each teen was carried up a ladder to safety, aerial video showed. They were being evaluated by paramedics, reunited with their parents and then taken to a hospital as a precaution, Scott said.

The pair were initially reported to have been sought by police; the Los Angeles School Police Department responded to the scene but officials did not initially have information on the children.

A female school police officer suffered a minor injury and was also taken to the hospital, Scott said.

Fire officials initially questioned if the pair were being pursued by police because officers were on scene before firefighters, Scott said.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.