With Injuries No Fatalities
Photo Courtesy of Tod Sudmeier (EPN564)
Sunday May 22, 2016____ California
Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Juan Quintero reported to Big Bear
Lake NewsRoom Editor E T Russell, that there were several injured with four being major injured, of which were immediately taken to hospitals. There were no life-threatening injuries.
Caltrans immediately called for a full closure of traffic traveling to, or from the Big Bear Lake communities. Soon after was determined that a 'hard closure' was necessary. The hard closure lasted for several hours after the accident, allowing for a thorough investigation as well as clearing of the wreckage. Alternate routes were suggested to the detour. State Route 38 through Redlands and State Route 18 into Victorville were open to traffic.
MAY 22 6:41 P.M.
HWY 330 HAS BEEN REOPENED TO ALL TRAFFIC
SOURCE: SCANNER REPORTER:SCMALERT
Highway Patrol, Running, California ____ Sunday May 22, 2016,
at approximately 2:11 P.M., CHP officers responded to the scene of a traffic
collision on State Route-330, north of Highland Avenue.
Teresa Benitez (Person -1), a 49 year old resident of
Paramount California, was driving a White 2000 El Dorado Bus (Vehicle -1), southbound on State Route -330.
Christopher Duce (Person -2), a 30 year old resident of
Los Angeles, California, was driving a White Nissan Versa (Vehicle -2) southbound on SR-330.
For an unknown reason, P-1
allowed the front of V-1 to collide with the rear of V-2 and consequently lost
control of V-1. V-1 then overturned and
came to rest, blocking both directions of SR-330.
There were a total of 22
passengers in V-1 and one passenger in V-2.
There were no injuries claimed by P-2 or his passenger. Three were four passengers out of V-1 that
claimed major injuries, but none were life threatening.
A total of 21 passengers out
of V-1 were transported via ambulance to St. Bernardines Hospital and Arrowhead
Regional Hospital. The cause of the collision is
still under investigation. CHP Officer Edward McGrath, ID 20822, is handling