Morning​ Causes Traffic Accidents 

UPDATE: 11:30 CHP announced that State Route 38 has re-opened with caution of the black ice on the road.     

​  5 Vehicles 2 Collisions SR-38   

Reported by San Bernardino County Fire PIO Randal Ridges ___ 

Early Monday January 12th at 6:08 A.M., a total of five vehicles were involved in two separate traffic incidents today on State Route 38 in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest.  Five persons were transported to local hospitals. Two patients with major injuries were extricated from their vehicles using the jaws of life, and were evacuated by medical airships.  Three more injured patients were transported by ground ambulances to local hospitals,

The first incident, reported at approximately 6:00 A.M. involved a vehicle traveling westbound on SR-38.  The vehicle left the roadway and came to rest against a tree at (mile marker) MM 34, just above the Heart Bar Equestrian Campground.  The single occupant was trapped inside his vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters.  Units from Big Bear Fire conducted the rescue, and a unit from San Bernardino County Fire closed the SR-38 to allow the airship to land. 

The second incident,was reported at approximately 10 am, involved four vehicles, all traveling State Route 38 westbound.  The incident began with a vehicle leaving the road at MM 30.5, near the South Fork Campground.  It came to rest on the north side of the highway.  The two occupants, who were only slightly injured, had just exited their car with their dog when a second vehicle left the road at the same location. The second vehicle came to rest on top of the first vehicle with its driver trapped inside.  Within minutes the third and fourth vehicles left the road, landing on the southern side of the highway SR-38. 

Units from Big Bear Fire Department, again conducted the extrication of the trapped driver, while a unit from San Bernardino County Fire closed the State Route 38 to allow the airship to safely land. 

The extrication and rescue operations involved units from San Bernardino County Fire, Bear Valley Fire Authority, the U.S. Forest Service, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the CHP, and CalTrans.  Air support was from Air Rescue 06, from San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Department, and H-135, from Upland Fire.

The incidents remain under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.