Truck Flies off Cliff into Ocean

Was Speeding Above 100 MPH on Highway 101 in Heavy Rain

Monday, December 3, 2012
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A pickup truck traveling southbound on Highway 101 south of Refugio Road — clocking speeds above 100 mph in heavy rain — lost control at around 8:15 p.m. Friday on the road’s right shoulder and, after clearing an embankment, the railroad tracks, and a bicycle path, flew 250 feet off a cliff and into the ocean.

The Nissan Frontier landed on its roof, and its back end submerged. The driver’s left arm was nearly amputated in the crash, and he or she suffered internal injuries. The passenger sustained major injuries to the head and face. Neither has been identified.

Both the driver and the passenger were extracted from the truck, carried up the cliff, and transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. “Both the driver and the passenger were wearing their seat belts which clearly prevented them from being ejected and receiving fatal injuries in this collision,” said a CHP spokesperson in a prepared statement.


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The cliffs are nowhere near 250 feet high out there.

eightdolphins (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 2:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How would you know, you're in the water.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The pod of eightdolphins saved the two people. How else could someone survive such a crash?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 5:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They were saved by a group of Marborg employees who just happened to be there picking up trash. They pulled open their shirts revealing their superhero outfits with tan capes and a large 'M' on the chest.....
All kidding aside, prayers for the driver and passenger. Hope they recover fully.

person (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 7:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The story clearly states that they flew off a "250-cliff" not a 250 foot cliff. Obviously the author meant to denote the angle of the cliff's incline in relation to the trajectory of the sun rather than it's height. I can see how a dolphin would have trouble with judging angles of sun trajectory from under water.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
December 3, 2012 at 9:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Typo fixed, thanks.

webadmin (webadmin)
December 3, 2012 at 11:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad this moron is off the road for a while.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 2:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why do people make idiotic comments when something tragic happens. Do they think they are auditioning for a stand-up comic gig? Also, if crazy people who drive 100mph in the rain can't think about their safety and well being, they would consider the first responders and medical people who have to mop up the mess. I used to be one of those and it's not a pretty sight.

Bean (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

>>"I used to be one of those and it's not a pretty sight."<<

Come on, those paramedic uniforms aren't THAT ugly.

eightdolphins (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 11:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Laughter is the best medicine.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The generic brand of laughter is often over prescribed when tragedy occurs.

Kingprawn (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 12:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thankfully I've never been accused of being generic.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 2:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Doing 100 mph in heavy rain, and it's not the Indy 500? Only an emotionally disturbed person can do that. Especially in a truck. He should lose his license for life, after he gets out of jail. There are lots of emotionally disturbed people out there, so beware, they look like us.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
December 4, 2012 at 7:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Driver should be charged with reckless driving and endangerment. Any bets drugs and/or drinking were involved?
Dude nearly lost an arm, which means he hasn't a legal leg to stand on. Ha!

Sorry, but stories like this bring out the smarm in everyone.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
December 5, 2012 at 9:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not everyone.

Archie (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2012 at 12:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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