71-Year-Old Traffic Accident Victim ‘Lucky’ Even With Major Injuries, Says CHP Spokesperson
One person witnessed the collision and was able to immediately contact 911, according to California Highway Patrol spokesperson Officer Rick Borges. “It was rather lucky,” Borges said. “If that person hadn’t observed [Opela] go off the road, I don’t know if he would have been found.”
The victim could be heard yelling for help, according to the California Highway Patrol Incident page. Search and Rescue arrived at the scene and, because, the vehicle was in a shallow portion of the river, were able to extricate the victim who had major injuries.
The reason Opela drove off the roadway at approximately mile marker 26.6 is still under investigation at this time, said Borges.