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Actress Anne Heche was intubated in critical condition after crashing her Mini into a garage before speeding up and crashing it into an apartment block where it exploded.
The 53-year-old suffered horrific burns during the collision and was dragged out of the wreck by firefighters after it caught fire in Los Angeles around 11 a.m.
She writhed on the stretcher before she was loaded into the back of an ambulance and rushed to a nearby intensive care unit.
The shocking images also show the burned remains of his Mini Clubman as it was towed out of a hedge across the road from a school in the Mar Vista area.
An earlier shot also shows Heche moments before the second accident behind the wheel, with what appeared to be a bottle of vodka in the cup holder.
Video captured by a door camera shows the vehicle owned by the actress speeding down a Mar Vista street moments before crashing into a house, setting off the fire.
The actress, who dated Ellen Degeneres before splitting from her, suffered severe burns and was intubated but is expected to live after the horrific accident.
Heche was driving her blue Mini Clubman in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles when she sped into an apartment complex garage.
Locals rushed to help the stricken actress with a man demanding she get out of the car. She ignored the advice and switched the ignition back on, backing up and speeding down the highway at high speed.
Images of her and video of her show her staring dazedly behind the wheel after her first crash, with a witness capturing her with a bottle with a red cap in her car. It is not clear what was in the container.
Later, she quickly left the road again, went through a hedge and crashed into a nearby home in the 1800 block of South Walgrove Avenue.
The horrific accident caused the car to burst into flames before Heche was dragged away by firefighters and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to put out “stubborn flames” and “rescue an adult female who was inside the vehicle.”
‘The house was tons of smoke. I think they used the tow truck to move the car to get the driver out. It was crazy,” a witness told NBC Los Angeles.
Aerial footage of her showed her with brutal scars on her back from the fire after her upper body appeared to have been shredded by the heat and she writhed on the gurney in pain.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames in about an hour, according to Fox 11, but Heche suffered severe burns in the resulting fire and is now in intensive care.
“If anyone is alive there, it will be a miracle,” Fox 11 reporter Stu Mandel said as he watched from a helicopter hovering above the scene.
Staggering footage from the scene showed the burned-out hull of the car as it was recovered from the hedge before being towed away by authorities.
“We really had a multifaceted incident here,” said LAFD Capt. Erik Scott. “We had a significant traffic collision, we had a woman trapped inside of that, we had a car that caught fire, and then we had a house that had a significant fire that has a red tag. It is at this point destroyed.
“Her condition prevents doctors from running tests to determine if she was driving under the influence of alcohol,” reported TMZ.
Manpearl, who has lived in the family neighborhood, said he ran into the intersection where the Mini crashed into the house.
“Before I approached the car, I saw the resident of the house standing barefoot in the rubble. She was in shock and frantically asked me to help her get her pets out of her house. I was able to get leashes for her two small dogs and walked her out of her house. She had her two dogs with her and a tortoise.
Manpearl explained how she then went to the car to help the driver who was trapped between the air bag and the seat.
I tried to talk to her several times to ask if she was okay, but she wouldn’t answer, so I had to go over to her. I was able to open the rear door of the car and crawled halfway inside. This time when I asked her if she was okay, she said no.
Manpearl asked Heche if she could raise her hand to see if she was okay and she said she wasn’t and made some groans. That’s when the neighbor hero felt the water trickle down on him only to realize that another neighbor was spraying a hose on the car which had now caught fire and was rapidly spreading up the walls of the house.
“I tried to talk to her again and noticed that it was getting smokey and the flames were now to my right and left so I quickly got out of the car.”
The engineer went to the front of the house and tried to put out the flames with another hose, but realized it was useless because the whole house was on fire.
Nearly ten fire trucks had already arrived at the scene.
He was sure the driver was dead. That he had been burned. It took at least 30 minutes for the fire department to put out the flames, extract the car, and get her out of the car.”
I was surprised to discover that it was Anne Heche. I think he knew that she had had problems in the past.
The homeowner, along with all of her pets, including her tortoise, spent the rest of the day at Manpearl’s home, where her neighbors brought her food and clothing. The LAFD said her entire home is now destroyed.
Anne Heche Quick and Facts
- Actress Anne Heche, 53, was burned after she crashed her Mini Clubman into a home in Los Angeles
- Heche could be seen flailing about as she was stretchered into an ambulance and sat bolt upright
- Crash happened at about 11am on Friday morning in Mar Vista area of Los Angeles
- She had earlier crashed into an apartment complex before driving off and then crashed again down the road
- Moments later she crashed for a second time into a home, setting it ablaze causing significant damage
- Door cameras along the street saw her traveling at excessive speeds with some estimating it close to 90mph