Actress Anne Heche has been hospitalized in critical condition with burns after her car crashed into a Los Angeles home, TBEN has confirmed. The news was first reported by TMZ.
The crash occurred at 10:55 a.m. Friday in the Mar Vista area of LA, according to police.
“The vehicle was traveling at high speed east on Preston Way, entered the T-junction on Preston Way and Walgrove Ave, ran off the road and collided with the residence in the 1700 block of Walgrove,” a spokesperson said. of the Los Angeles Police Department. told TBEN.
“The vehicle went up in flames and the driver was transported by LAFD to a local hospital,” police said. Los Angeles Police Department public information officer Jeff Lee told CNN Heche was in critical condition.
The house itself was also engulfed, with flames spreading to the roof.
“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, contain and completely extinguish the persistent flames in the badly damaged structure,” said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Multiple local outlets later confirmed that the blue Mini Clubman involved in the incident is registered with Heche.
Footage from Fox11’s news helicopter shows that the car went well into the house and may have hit one of the side walls.
Fox11’s eye in the sky, Stu Mandel, who often follows aerial chases and accidents, described the scene as it unfolded below him.
While firefighters used cables from a huge tow truck to pull the car out of the burning house, the charred top of the vehicle led Mandel, a veteran of many such incidents, to observe: “If anyone is alive in there, this will be a be a miracle.”
Turns out the person was still alive, and firefighters put the victim on a stretcher, cover the face, and roll the person to a waiting ambulance. Just before they get to the emergency vehicle, the person on the stretcher sits up and tries to get off.
“Oh my God!” says Mandel, who at the time thought the driver was a man. ‘He’s all alive! He tried to get away.”
Moments later, when emergency personnel have got the victim into the ambulance, a shocked Mandel says: ‘I don’t know. that was real, For real foreign.”
According to TMZ, Heche initially had a minor accident in an apartment complex in Mar Vista, where she crashed into a wall in a parking lot, but she drove away from the scene. The collision at the home happened a short time later.
Heche has several projects in the works. In June she signed with Lifetime’s Girl in room 13, which will premiere this fall. She’s also set to star opposite Dermot Mulroney in full ride, an upcoming horror thriller and will return in all riske on OWN. Heche most recently starred in the psychological thriller directed by Peter Facinelli the disappeared for Netflix, as well as Quiver’s tornado thriller 13 minutes.
Erik Pedersen and CNS contributed to this report.