Man Rescued from Suspended Vehicle
PHOTOS BY San Bernardino County Fire - Needles
Saturday January 9th afternoon, San Bernardino County Fire Department received a report from a man
who stated he had crashed the vehicle that he was driving and was hanging off
of a bridge. When San Bernardino County
Fire Fighters arrived, they
found a rented 2014 Nissan Sentra suspended approximately 8 feet above a wash
on a collapsed section of bridge. Emergency crews were able to speak to the
driver asking him to remain calm and still while the vehicle was stabilized.
Utilizing the available resources at the scene,
the vehicle was stabilized allowing the fire crew to gain entry and assess the
victim. It was determined that the man’s injuries required for him to be
transported to a Trauma Center; subsequently he was transported to a hospital
in the Las Vegas area by air.
The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle
stated to dispatchers that he looked down at his phone just before he hit a
K-rail that was blocking the washed out bridge. The driver had apparently
driven around two sets of barricades to get onto National Trails Highway from
Interstate 40, near Mountain Springs Road.
The resolution of the incident was a team effort
consisting of San Bernardino County Fire,
Baker Ambulance, the California Highway Patrol, Active Tow, and Care Flight.