As the Result of a Head-on Collision


Barrier netting has been installed to close off the Baker Pond bridge. A car battery remains at the site.  

Photos courtesy of Darin Cohen Baker Pond at Big Bear Lake


By E T Russell__   

Thursday, February 3, 2022 in Big Bear Lake, CA___ 

In immediate response to a 9-1-1 call reporting a two-vehicle collision in Big Bear Lake, on State Route 18, located east of Stanfield Cut-off, Big Bear Fire Department dispatched just before 8:00 P.M.  According to Big Bear Fire Battalion Chief Dan Rogers responded with the Rescue Operation Team of seven Fighters and Paramedics, with three Ambulances. 

The #1 white SUV vehicle was driven by a female. The #2 SUV vehicle was driven by a male with his dog as a passenger. The two vehicles collided head-on, causing the #1 SUV to veer off the north side of the roadway, coming to a stop underneath the Baker Pond boardwalk, lodging the vehicle with the female still in the car.

The #2 SUV overturned, coming to rest on its roof; with the occupants (driver and dog) uninjured.

Witnesses to the accident rushed to the injured woman at the Baker Pond boardwalk.

Chief Rogers reports that fortunately, the seriously injured woman was extracted from the wreckage approximately one & a half hours after the crash and airlifted by Big Bear Fire and Mercy Air#H-285 to Loma Linda Trauma Center. 

The emergency call-for-help was also, responded to by the San Bernardino County/Big Bear Sheriff Deputies, who controlled traffic.  State Route-18 between Stanfield Cut-off and to the east Division Road was closed to traffic but reopened early Friday morning

The Investigation Team of the Big Bear Sheriff Department has the traffic collision under investigation.


Big Bear Fire Department and Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods, an innovative public/private partnership, brings a medical Air Ship to provide critical patient care services and emergency air transportation to Big Bear Valley.

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