Suspected drunk driver rear-ends fire engine in Lancaster

Injury CrashLANCASTER – A 41-year-old woman is in critical condition after smashing her car into the back of a fire engine early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the collision, which occurred around 2:25 a.m. on Avenue L at 30th Street West in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

Sandra Woolley was driving a 2011 Mazda3 east on Avenue L ,when she rear-ended a Los Angeles County Fire Engine, which was stopped at a red light at 30th Street West, Jennings stated.

“The force of the impact was significant enough to push the 19 ton fire engine several feet from its original position at the limit line,” Jennings stated.

Though injured themselves as a result of the collision, three firefighters went to work rescuing Woolley from her crushed car, according to Jennings.

Woolley suffered major body trauma, and she was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. She is currently in critical but stable condition.

“It appears as if the driver of the Mazda was not wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol was a factor,” Jennings stated.

The three firefighters, whose names were not immediately released, were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and treated for neck and back injuries.

  23 comments for “Suspected drunk driver rear-ends fire engine in Lancaster

  1. lizabeth
    January 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Please nothing good can come from all the hateful remarks no drinking and driving is not good, And please don’t do it ,But what has happen has happen she will live with this everyday ,I am sure her family can’t understand it either But you stand by them get them help We all have family that mess up at some point in life where it be drinking/drugs what ever it might be I know I have not the drinking/drugs but other things and I am sure u have too

  2. carlos
    January 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    SANDY. WE LOVE YOU!!!!!! ;/

  3. LA Gal
    January 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    There was a angel watching over Sandy that early morning. Although we ALL make mistakes , And I can assure you no one is exempt from mistakes, big or small. This world is a better place with Sandy in it. She is very loved and prayers are needed during this time for her recovery and in the future for the struggles that will lay down the road. This family and these friends will Rally, cause that is what people do that know and love her. Keep in mind people, your opinions can be heard, but please keep in mind to also respect the family that is also on this board, we all know what should not have been done, what could of been prevented but now its time to focus on the healing of all involved. Much love and blessings to everyone involved in this, and stay strong cause thats what is needed at this time. I will be continuing to pray.. and not judge . The world has enough people that judge.

    respect and love to all.

  4. Mountian Woman
    January 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    ENOUGH! Sandy is a person and her family has feelings as well, she will have to answer for anything that she may have done. She will also have to face the road to recovery!(mentally as well as physically). This is a burden she will bare, Everyone stop judging, get on with your own lives and let her family start to heal!! She has a strong support group in Family and Friends.
    I Love you Sandy

    • Morgan
      January 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Well said everyone just needs to keep them all I’m their prayers

    • Bob
      January 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Stop judging? That is the problem with the world today. The family, if they knew she had a problem, should have been trying to help her.

      She risked her life and the lives of INNOCENT people while driving drunk.

      People need to make sure people don’t drive drunk or recklessly. Too many deaths and injuries in this valley do to carelessness.

      • iagree
        January 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        I agree bob! This woman put herself and everyone else in danger. As a grown woman she was well aware of her actions, whether she is a good person or not she made a mistake by driving under the influence. This is the outcome of that.i only hope she was drinking alone and if not shame on anyone who let her drive! Too many people are being killed by selfish drunk drivers it is disgusting to watch! I do pray she recovers and learns from this..PEOPLE STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING!!!!!

        • family
          January 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm

          Those without sin cast the first stone. None of us are without sin. We are all sinners so stop the judging

          • Cage
            January 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

            You are both right. Our God is a god of forgiveness, but we are still are responsible for the consequences of our actions, even if we are forgiven. Forgiveness absolves you with God, not man. For those who “love” this woman so much, love her enough to confront her about her irresponsible drinking, and research where she can get help. AA is a good place to start. If she had hit anything smaller than a 19 ton fire engine, it is very likely the driver and or passengers of the other car would be dead, not recovering. That could have been any of our loved ones. Thank goodness that burden isn’t added to her. We who are believers should pray for her salvation and healing, and thank God for his mercies.

  5. in the know
    January 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Just like Garth Brooks, I have friends and low places. I know for a fact, the only reason she is alive is because she was drunk as hell. If she was sober like most she would have died on the spot or better yet would not even been in the accident at all. I know she has a long road to recovery, if she do and I pray she does. If she recover, the hospital bill along is going to make her wish she was dead. Sharon hide the bills from her so she don’t freak out during recovery. I hope her insurance will pay for the $300,000, if not more fire truck that was ruined. Let this be a lesson for all that reads this. DON’T DRINK and DRIVE

    P.S Sandy GET WELL. The world still need you here.

  6. Elizabeth
    January 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I believe everyone has an opinion about everything. Family & friends of the driver should not entertain these postings as they will probably do more harm to your mental health, then good. Those who know the driver don’t need to justifiy anything to anyone. Those who are just replying out of personal distance, are doing just that…they are out of personal distance to this incident. May the peace of our Lord be with all of you.

    • sharon
      January 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Well said Thank you

  7. sharon
    January 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

    god bless the three firemen that helped my niece after the accident even though they were injured,they did not think about themselves ,they saved her. thank you. and god bless my neice and keep her safe and help her to recover. and bless her family and help them to be strong during this time. thank you again to the firemen

  8. givemeabreak
    January 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Wishing the firemen make a speedy recovery and back on the job of saving lives…
    NOT worrying about savings drunks.

    I think those firemen that were hurt should pay a visit to this women in the hospital and let her know the harm she caused and how it could have been worse.

    Drinking and driving can not be tolerated.

  9. letmeonjury
    January 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

    To those friends and relatives who posted here…

    If it’s true, the “OUT COME” would probably had not happened if she ..
    HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING AND DRIVING…hope she gets her dues.
    .. after she gets out of the hospital that is!!!!
    Lucky she did not kill someone…think of that out come!!!

    • Morgan
      January 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      No [removed] we all know if she was drinking this probably wouldn’t have happened but your rude [removed] comment about her if she gets it off the hospital was unnecessary

      • Morgan
        January 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm


    • Candy
      January 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Im pretty sure the injuries she has are more than anyone deserves. She is a wonderful person inside and out, and would never wish harm on anyone. So keep your bitter remarks to yourself and try praying for everyone involved.

  10. Newman
    January 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

    alcohol huh? I was late to work. No seat beat? Jeez.

  11. N0_$h0cKeR_H3r3
    January 10, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Drinking and Driving….SMFH

  12. morgan
    January 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks to those who helped my aunt sandy.. my prayers are with all

  13. lee
    January 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hope everyone makes a complete recovery.

    • kim
      January 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      After many hours of praying and sitting by my dear friend side, she is still critical but stable.
      I want to thank the 3 firemen, who were injured, but still saved my friends life. Without them, I can only imagine what the outcome would have been.

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