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Vehicle Over the Side with Fire
updated: Feb 08, 2013, 1:16 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

At 10:10 am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a vehicle over the side with fire, located on Highway 101 south bound at the entrance road to Nojoqui Park.

SBC FD responded two engines and a battalion chief to the scene. SBCFD was assisted by two ambulances from American Medical Response, the Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit, and the California Highway Patrol.

First arriving firefighters found a vehicle approximately 70 feet over the side, off the highway, on fire. Firefighters had to use chainsaws to remove vegetation to gain access to the vehicle. A Good Samaritan was able to pull the driver from the burning vehicle prior to the firefighter's arrival. An off duty firefighter also assisted with the driver. Firefighters used a low angle rope system to carry the patient up to the highway. The rescue took about one hour to complete. The driver was transported to the hospital via AMR ambulance with moderate injuries. The Good Samaritan was treated on scene for minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital. The highway was wet due to heavy rain in the area. The number two lane was closed for about an hour and a half.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the CHP.

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John Palminteri reports the Nojoqui rollover accident. [pic] (02/09/13)
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Vehicle on fire near Nojoqui Summit. Vehicle on fire in the brush over the side near the log cabins. (02/09/13)
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 COMMENT 372332 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 01:39 PM

Nice job good samaritan! You saved a life today!!! You rock!

 

 COMMENT 372365 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:03 PM

What a brave person! There should be more people like you out there!

 

 COMMENT 372377 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 03:29 PM

I heard search & rescue was cancelled. That's too bad -- they're better with ropes than anyone in the county.

 

 COMMENT 372488P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 02:10 AM

Sounds like quite a ride. Think now the driver will be more cautious when driving in the rain?

Hurrah for people who help people. Good on ya, mate.

 

 KATYDID agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 08:36 AM

What a guy! Thank you, Good Samaritan, for all you've done!

 

 COMMENT 372701P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:57 PM

Wonderful to hear of a really good person like this after all these recent hit and runs.

 

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