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California Rescuers Describe Bridge Crash

Mother and her two daughters rescued from a BMW teetering on a freeway bridge.

Monday, January 16, 2012


ABC News - Emergency workers and Navy Seebees who managed to save a mother of two and her children as her wrecked car dangled from a bridge said they set aside their emotions to engineer the harrowing rescue.

California Ravine Rescue: Emergency Workers Speak Out

BUELLTON, Calif. (AP) — A mother and her two daughters have been rescued from a BMW teetering on a California freeway bridge after a gravel truck rear-ended the car then plunged into a creek, killing the trucker.

The Santa Barbara News Press (http://bit.ly/yK2aJT ) says the truck hit the 36-year-old woman's BMW on Thursday afternoon in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 101 in rural Buellton, about 25 miles north of Santa Barbara.

The BMW struck the bridge railing and teetered over a 100-foot drop into the creek with Kelli Groves and two daughters, ages 10 and 10 months, trapped inside.

The San Juan Capistrano family was pulled out of their demolished car an hour later. They are hospitalized.

The trucker died when his rig crashed into the creek and burst into flames.

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Information from: Santa Barbara News-Press, http://www.newspress.com

Tags: News, News Video, auto extrication


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