An SUV crashed into a storefront on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday afternoon, seriously injuring at least four people, including two members of a Fox11 news crew.
Images from the scene showed a white SUV that had crashed into Highland Market, which is across from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The crash was reported around 3:15 p.m.
Five people were taken to a nearby hospital, four of whom were in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Fox11 reported that a photographer and a reporter from the station were among the injured who were transported.
The injured reporter was Hal Eisner, a longtime veteran of the station, according to a source familiar with the incident. Bill Melugin, another reporter at the station, confirmed that Eisner was hurt and said that the injured photographer was Joab Perez. He said that the injuries to both were not life-threatening.
Eisner is a member of the national board of SAG-AFTRA.
BREAKING: Vehicle crashed into a building in Hollywood, striking pedestrians – two of which were OUR crew members working a story. Not sure what caused the crash, but praying everyone is ok! Near Hollywood x Highland @FOXLA @LAFD #skyfox pic.twitter.com/D6PyRBCVA6
— Lisette Guzman (@lisetteg) March 19, 2021
According to the station, the crew was covering a story at the El Capitan Theatre, which reopened Friday after the county relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Circumstances of the crash were still unclear, according to the fire department.
Hollywood Boulevard was closed as the paramedics responded to the scene.