Firefighters Rescue Trapped Passengers

The driver and one passenger of a collapsed Nissan truck needed to be freed from by the San Bernardino County Fire after the driver of the vehicle lost traction and ran into a tree on the side of the road, causing severe structural damage and laying the truck on its side.

The crash happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday as the vehicle traveled westbound on Daley Canyon Road. All four occupants of the vehicle sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported by ambulance, according to a news release from San Bernardino County Fire.

Two of the passengers were able to leave the car via the back doors after the crash, but the two passengers in the front of the vehicle were trapped by the damaged frame and needed to be freed by firefighters using the Jaws of Life. 

Firefighters removed the vehicle’s roof in order to free the driver and front seat passenger, according to the same news release.

Michael Kern, a local resident who lives across the street from the crash site, said the area where they lost traction is often iced over, due to rain and snowmelt runoff, which possibly contributed to the vehicle’s loss of control. 

Anthony Trefethen, another local resident, said the impact of the crash sent the car battery flying more than 20 feet down the road.

California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Christian Shepherd can be reached at cshepherd@mountain-news.com.