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Update: 2 People Airlifted to Hospital After Plummeting Off Glendora Mountain Road

The crash occurred minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve, according to CHP.

Update:

A man and a woman escaped with only minor injuries after their sports car plunged several hundred feet off Glendora Mountain Road, trapping them for about two hours, authorities said today. The accident was reported at 11:41 p.m. Monday at Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Mountain Ridge Mountain Way in the Angeles National Forest, said sheriff's Sgt. B. Lisle, watch commander at the San Dimas Station.

The Mazda Miata plunged 200 to 300 feet down the side of the road, Lisle said. It took Los Angeles County firefighters, Sheriff's Rescue and Arrow Support about two hours to free the 20-year-old man and 18-year-old woman and transport them Tuesday morning to County USC Medical Center, he said.

Their injuries appeared minor, but due to the nature of the fall, they would be carefully examined for internal injuries, Lisle said.

"They're extremely lucky,'' he said. "They should each go out and buy lottery tickets.''

- City News Service

Previous:

Two people were airlifted to the hospital after their car drove off a 300-foot embankment off Glendora Mountain Road on New Year’s Eve.

A blue Miata plummeted over the side of the winding road at mile marker 8.44 at around 11:41 p.m. Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two people were injured in the crash and were airlifted to LA County/USC hospital.

There is no word yet on the extent of the victims’ injuries.

Another vehicle crash occurred near Glendora Mountain Road on Dec. 20, when a driver was rescued after his car fell 300 feet off the embankment. The driver, the lone occupant in the car, suffered a head injury and various fractures, and was listed in critical condition.

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JTP January 08, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I own a miata, and I do go for spirited drives on canyon/mountain roads from time to time. I am more than aware of the consequences if something were to go wrong. Iagree that closing the road may stop people from going up there at night but who's to say that they won't just go somewhere else? Or even just go there during the daytime when there is more traffic. You "concerned" parents need to realize that your kids are going to do what they want in the end. My parents understand that the choices I make are mine alone. Yes I'm sure they would rather I didn't go up mountain roads to have fun in my Miata but they can't stop me. Maybe you should encourage your kids to take their cars to track events or autocross events where they can race in a much safer environment. An accident like this can happen to anyone driving on that road. I think that people who drive massive SUV's that don't know how to drive properly in the first place are much more dangerous than people who drive sports cars and actually know how to handle their cars.
JTP January 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Also Jenny, do you seriously think that forcing your son to get a vehicle that isn't meant for high performance driving is going to stop him? If anything that will only increase his chances or crashing because he'll probably try driving quickly on a mountain road regardless. I suggest you get him a miata, they are very good handling cars and very forgiving when it comes to driver error. Also you should look into putting him through some kind of racing school so that he learns proper technique further reducing his chances of getting into a serious wreck like this one. Perhaps instead of trying to force people to stop driving their cars quickly you should petition the city to open a track in your area so your kids and other car enthusiasts will have a safe environment where they can do what they love to do.
Complacency January 16, 2013 at 09:16 AM
First things first, I have a very solid source of information about the people that go up here. Suicides, accidents, and just plain idiots. GMR these days has become the place to smoke weed, drink, and drive as though they think they're nascar drivers. I know everything there is to know about the people that go up there and I think that closing that road from dusk to dawn is something to consider. It is not only the road, it is the people's inability to drive. The people that want to go up there for the views, well, you wont find a quiet place to enjoy yourselves up there. Between East Fork and GMR should be closed to anyone but residents and Forestry. I don't think there should be any protest over it, because in reality, it's a lot safer. Whether these people are 'running' or just plain driving, there is a greater chance of them getting in to some sort of accident driving up (and down) the road at night than there is during the day. For anyone to say that there is rarely any deaths of there, well that's just absurd, and make sure you have your facts straight. There is definitely a HIGH percentage of the people that go up there that die, whether it be self inflicted or an accident. If there were some sort of vote, mine would definitely be toward closing the road dusk to dawn. I'm sure it would cost a lot less money closing it for a few hours than it would having to recover bodies and cars.
Complacency January 16, 2013 at 09:16 AM
First things first, I have a very solid source of information about the people that go up here. Suicides, accidents, and just plain idiots. GMR these days has become the place to smoke weed, drink, and drive as though they think they're nascar drivers. I know everything there is to know about the people that go up there and I think that closing that road from dusk to dawn is something to consider. It is not only the road, it is the people's inability to drive. The people that want to go up there for the views, well, you wont find a quiet place to enjoy yourselves up there. Between East Fork and GMR should be closed to anyone but residents and Forestry. I don't think there should be any protest over it, because in reality, it's a lot safer. Whether these people are 'running' or just plain driving, there is a greater chance of them getting in to some sort of accident driving up (and down) the road at night than there is during the day. For anyone to say that there is rarely any deaths of there, well that's just absurd, and make sure you have your facts straight. There is definitely a HIGH percentage of the people that go up there that die, whether it be self inflicted or an accident. If there were some sort of vote, mine would definitely be toward closing the road dusk to dawn. I'm sure it would cost a lot less money closing it for a few hours than it would having to recover bodies and cars.
Complacency January 16, 2013 at 09:31 AM
This is definitely an old topic, but I look for articles like this because I'm quite intrigued by them. ANYWAY, I agree with everything you're saying, and I wanted to say that your ideas and opinions are definitely something that needs to be considered. I know for a fact that forrestry knows the issue of these 'incidents,' because they closed the road for memorial day weekend (I am pretty sure that's when it was) to prevent people from going up there. Aside from the fire, it was a success in preventing accidents which was a main concern. The closing of the roads would do A LOT of good. Who needs to even go up there in the middle of the night? You have great views on the subject. Thank you for your input.

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