Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Caltrans Helps with Rescue of Mother, 2 Kids

In case you missed this news story last week, it’s worth checking out for two reasons: one, it’s a pretty incredible story of a daring rescue, and two, it’s a good illustration of how Caltrans workers serve as first responders.

In a nutshell, a sedan traveling on US 101 was hit from behind by a big rig on an overpass north of Santa Barbara. The big rig plummeted into the ravine below, where the driver died. The car, meanwhile, hung precariously on the concrete guardrail, with a mother, a 10-year-old girl and a baby trapped inside. Emergency responders were having difficulty freeing the family from the wreckage because the car was dangling on the edge, dangerously close to falling into the ravine. If you don’t know how the story ends, the video is worth a look.

The Caltrans District 5 Maintenance team were among the first responders on scene and worked to contain leaking fuel, control traffic, establish detours, and remove debris. We’re very proud of their excellent work!