Last month, Interstate 805 was the setting for a dramatic scene in which rescuers worked to free the occupants of an SUV as the vehicle dangled perilously over the edge of the freeway. While officials were able to get all five passengers out of the vehicle, the auto accident unfortunately caused one of the SUV’s occupants to suffer a head trauma which ultimately led to her death.
According to police reports, the crash took place at about 6:30 a.m. as the San Diego family, including parents, two children and a grandmother, drove to spend the day in Disneyland. On I-805 near Sorrento Valley, another vehicle on the road was cut off by a car, forcing the driver to swerve into the SUV carrying the family.
The force of the impact caused the SUV to spin out of control and roll over several times, eventually coming to rest on its wheels on a concrete wall 30 feet above a construction site.
According to a Caltrans spokesperson, highway workers at the scene of the accident worked quickly and delicately to extract the family from the vehicle. They positioned a forklift beneath the SUV in order to keep it from plunging off the freeway and causing greater injury. Firefighters, police officers and tow-truck drivers assisted with the rescue when they arrived on the scene.
The father suffered broken ribs as well as several cuts and bruises. The mother and two children suffered minor injuries. Unfortunately, the grandmother suffered a major head trauma in the crash and later died.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, “1 dead, 4 injured in I-805 crash,” Debbi Baker and Susan Schroder, April 26, 2012