[UPDATE Saturday] Car Caught in Trees After Plunge Over Side of Hwy 36; Search and Rescue Enroute
A search and rescue team, the Hayfork fire crew, and an ambulance are responding to where a vehicle slid off Hwy 36 about nine miles east of the junction with Hwy 3 at approximately 5:17 p.m. The vehicle is estimated to be about 60 feet over an embankment and reportedly suspended in trees. The vehicle is unstable and a man is trapped inside.
The responders are struggling through snowy conditions to reach the accident scene where a 65-year-old man needs to be extricated. Caltrans is on scene attempting to assist the victim. They have already helped a woman exit the vehicle. There are also two dogs but it isn’t clear if the dogs are still in the vehicle or have exited it.
Hayfork Volunteer Fire Department is having to respond from about 45-minute drive away as Post Mountain Volunteer Fire recently disbanded due to lack of volunteers.
UPDATE 8:22 p.m.: As of 8:05 p.m., crews were still working on extrication.
UPDATE 9 p.m.: Cal Fire reached the accident scene at 8:42 p.m. The ambulance is en route to Trinity Hospital with the female patient. Crews are still working on extricating the male.
UPDATE Saturday: The male victim was taken to the hospital about 10:24 p.m. on Thursday night.