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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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LookAtTheBigPic January 02, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Oh, and the kids probably just went up to see the fireworks. That's what most people were doing there at that time.
Christine January 02, 2013 at 04:54 AM
You all must have a different version of this story than I'm reading. What I read said "two people". Not two teenagers ...and it said nothing about street racing or joy riding or serious injuries or death. I must have gotten the PG version. You are all letting your imaginations get the best of you. I work for the fire department and this accident had nothing to do with WILD teenagers!
Ryan Penn January 02, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Christine, my main concern is my teenager, and the fact that they like to go up there. It doesnt matter if this incident was teenagers or not. The bottom line is there was an accident, which if the road was closed, as it once was for several years, this would not of happend. Not serious injuries???? They were air lifted to county, which of course means there was trauma. " Two people were injured in the crash and were airlifted to LA County/USC hospital." A week or so before that, " Four Injured After Car Plunges Off Glendora Mtn. Road" It's not just about teens, or racing, it's the fact that it's a dangerous road.
Christine January 02, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Well actually method of injury was enough to send them to USC...and its a matter of being concerned about your teenagers.. how about not allowing them to go up there at night?....or at all??
Christine January 02, 2013 at 05:17 AM
And as far as "plunges"...consider the source... you are talking about a media report...
Ryan Penn January 02, 2013 at 05:20 AM
My first thought would be to say,, do you have teenagers? I hope my teen no longer does after telling them not to, but one can only hope.. Wish everything was that easy, when it comes to teens that is.. They would not of wasted county chopper on method of injury only.. Im sure they were a little banged up!
Christine January 02, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Well I guess you're the expert on our dispatch procedures. Good for you. Good luck controlling your teenagers...mine do as they are told.
Ryan Penn January 02, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Now you have taken this topic to a personal level, which is not why we are here discusing this, and I will bite my tounge. The bottom line is, its a dangerous road, people get hurt, a car went off the side, they do all the time. I have lost a friend, and other friends have as well up there. That's the topic here, how dangerous it can be especialy at night. Close it at night and there will be less injuries, less deaths. There will still be pletny of day time incidents to dispatch away!!!! happy new year!
James Tee January 02, 2013 at 06:40 AM
I say leave it open. If you close GMR, you would have to close Baldy, Azusa Canyon and Angeles crest. If you close GMR, everyone will just head to Azusa Canyon or Angeles Crest. Not everyone goes up there to race down, and those that do decide to do it know what they are facing when they do it. I'd rather them take them self out in a solo accident than take me and my loved ones out racing around town or on the Freeway. Don't get me wrong, I definitely think something needs to be done but closing the road down doesn't sound like a problem solver to me. And as for the Parents out there worrying about there teenagers, I know darn well when I was a teenager growing up I was scared as heck of my parents taking away my driving privelages and would respect them as my parents and listen to rules that they put in place. If your teen isn't responsible enough to respect your wishes of you not wanting them up there day or night, maybe they shouldn't be driving. If they don't respect your wishes on that, who's to say they aren't going to house parties and leaving those parties after having a few drinks.
Anonymous January 02, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Wrong info. 400 ft cliff & there was a passenger.
Christine January 02, 2013 at 07:54 AM
I'm not sure what you're saying is wrong... we said two patients.... obviously one was a passenger... and no one argued the height of the cliff....it doesn't matter.. they didn't fall to the bottom of the canyon.
J1..... January 02, 2013 at 08:02 AM
I actually know the one of the two people in the car. Neither of them were under the influence,street racing, or were up to no good. They were just on their way home, and lost control of their car. Please don't be quick to judge that these two people were just two no good teens who didn't give a care about their lives-
Christine January 02, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Thank you J1...finally someone who deals in actual circumstances. I hope your friends are recovering well from their injuries. People need to relax and take care of themselves and their own.
J S S January 02, 2013 at 08:13 AM
i believe they were not drunk and just went there for a nice view, also the weather isnt very nice now and days it probably was very icy think logically instead of assuming...
J S S January 02, 2013 at 08:19 AM
i agree
J S S January 02, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Thank you someone under stands..
Bob Arms January 02, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Very sad this happened. I'm surprised they lived through such an event in a Miata. I own one and its terrifying at times even being bullied by cars as small as Civics on the highway. Mr.Penn, your protect the teens comments are nauseating. Plenty of other demographics make poor decisions, car culture is far more vast than reckless teens. Closing the road wouldn't do anything but further slow response times to help people who "illegally" continue to drive up there. If they are already up there breaking the law, what makes you think a gate would stop anyone? Know what would save the teens? Parents who weren't babbling on the internet about false causes that instead spent more time actually parenting. The road isn't the problem, poor decision making is. Being ran over by an oblivious parent messing with their young kids is far more dangerous than this road. Being a parent doesn't instantly make your opinion correct, emotion often trumps rationality. There are many things that kill more kids daily than this road has taken in its entire existence.
Christine January 02, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Well said Bob. Time spent complaining about teenagers sneaking up there could be better spent parenting to keep it from happening
Ryan Penn January 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Thanks for the parenting tips. My protect the teens at least show I care. If you read I did say its not just the teens it's anyone who drives up there. I take the time to post on this because I care. I do just fine as a parent thank you very much. You took the time to post the same way I have so please don't criticize me alone. They use to close this road at night time and that's what I'm referring to. They would check the roads to be clear and close it off at night time. Hence there would be no one in need of help. Your thought that my protect the teens being nauseating is rather ill itself. I'd do anything to protect my children that's why I have the comments I do. Because my kids are my life. For anyone to tell me how to parent is just wrong.
Ryan Penn January 02, 2013 at 10:40 AM
I too am very glad the two were not seriously injured. That's the main thing here.
Jenny January 02, 2013 at 05:36 PM
No offense to anyone, but if they weren't under the influence, "street racing", or up to no good, why did the long skid marks start on the opposite side of the road and how did that Miata get up over the dirt berm? Speeding maybe? Again, no offense to anyone, but you have to call it like it is and own it.
Jenny January 02, 2013 at 05:37 PM
By the way, I am glad to hear they are ok. It looked like a very bad spot to go off.
J1..... January 02, 2013 at 09:29 PM
They were not RACING anyone. They're not that stupid enough to do that in that area. They were just Driving too fast in that area. Don't think that I'm trying to say that it was ok for them to do that, but street racing, and going over the speed limit are two different things. For all we know, they had to be somewhere and were in a hurry to get there. We all do it, they just happened to be in the wrong area. And thank you CHRISTINE, they are ok. Supposed to be coming home today or tomorrow :)
John January 04, 2013 at 10:31 PM
actually they will drive out of their way, look on the websites they frequent, GMR is known far and wide. Plenty of people in a 50 mile radius or more come to GMR to drive it's curves. Which is also why a drag strip would not suffice for them.
HaXy January 07, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Ryan closing GMR will not do anything. Your vision of stopping kids/people driving up there at night will only force them to take it else where. Some place where there are more innocent people. Your saying that if the city leaves the road open, you're scared that your kids might "decide" to go up there after being told not to do so? I agree with Bob. You stated that you post because you cared but it seems like your only concerned for your kids and not everyone else who is responsible enough to go up there. People know what that road has in store for them. It wasnt made yesterday. Not everyone who goes up there races down the canyon. Like the incident of this article, 2 people went up there with no intent of doing wrong but just decided to pass the speed limit a some point. You can't control every action your kids does. If you told them more than enough times, what else can you really do but to let them learn from their mistakes.
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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