Driver Rescued After Plunging 300 Feet Near GMR

The driver in Wednesday's accident was airlifted to a trauma center.

A driver was rescued today from a car that went 300 feet over the side of a road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora.

The crash happened on Glendora Ridge Mountainway near Glendora Mountain Road around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The driver, a male who was the only person in the car, was in critical condition with a head injury and various fractures, a county fire battalion chief told a news photographer at the scene.

He was ejected from the vehicle and was found about 150 feet over the side of the road, according to the battalion chief, who said the victim was flown to County-USC Medical Center in critical condition.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Sharon Alosi December 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Why is Glendora Mountain Road Not Closed?? How may accidents will it take? How many dead will it take? How many head injuries will it take? Lets get this Road closed NOW!! Please let me know if you would like to help close Glendora Mountain Road and save a life!
Jeff Scott December 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Glendora Mountain Rd is a very safe road for those who obey the laws and speed limits. The way it was designed was, and is, state of the art for a mountain road. It was designed to keep drivers on the road safely with its banked corners and grade. Unfortunately the same safety features also are attractive, to some, to push the limits and race around causing undo crashes, roll-overs, etc. It is not a accident issue. The issue is racing(whether solo, or in groups) and not obeying the law. Obeying the law will save lives!
kenneth Hill December 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I am for closing the road. The back side down into East Fork is worse than the front south side of GMR. Cyclistist, walkers will have the road to themselves again.
Danielle Elmore December 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Well, why don't we close all the freeways and roads too?! There are much more accidents there for sure! How ignorant are you people?! You're are probably the same idiots that are pushing for gun control! It's people driving reckless that causes accidents... Not the road, not the car! If the road closes. These people will just wreck somewhere else! I feel for this person & truly hope he will be okay! I don't know what his story is, but do know most of these accidents have been due to reckless driving.... Which can happen anywhere!
Gary Donahue December 20, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Closing a beautiful mountain roadway, and thus preventing all from enjoying this drive, because of a few irresponsible people would itself be irresponsible. As Danielle said, it's not the road, it's the driver. Perhaps putting a couple of motorcycle officers up there once a month is the key.
Glendora Resident December 20, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I completely agree with Jeff Scott. Personal responsibility is the issue. Any road can be hazardous if you don't obey the law. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. We certainly don't need more government control by closing another road that should be accessible to those of us that pay for it with our tax dollars and don't drive like we're out to kill ourselves.
Tony Miller December 20, 2012 at 09:09 PM
No don't close the road because of a few crazy drivers. Should we close 210/57 at Sundlower, accident almost every day...how about Lone Hill & Auto Centre, where the Guy flew thru 3 Reds and had a four car accident...it's the driver NOT the roads
Ken December 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
How ridiculous to want to close a road because of accidents that are for the most part self inflicted. The flip side of this argument should then be considered; let's open MORE roads like GMR so we may thin the herd of all of the irresponsible idiots incapable of driving! This would make all of our other roads safer for the rest of us. Seriously, closing roads that exceed normal safety standards because a few fools cannot be trusted to drive anywhere safely is the ultimate in nanny-state mentality. While we're at it, maybe fire should be outlawed. We wouldn't want anyone without half a brain to burn themselves, now would we?
MellowMaverick December 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
This argument arises every time there's an accident on GMR.There will always be poor drivers who make bad decisions. Nothing can change that.
MN December 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
CLOSE THE ROAD!!! At least partially.... I'm sick of my taxpayer dollars going to rescue these idiots who use it as a race track, endangering their own lives and sadly in several cases innocent victims as well. I can think of a few incidents of local innocent people getting hit (In car, equestrian and on bike) and I have to assume there must be many more I'm not aware of. At minimum the road should be closed, from sundown to sunrise. This would allow access to 99% of the folks who use the forest for legitimate recreation, scenic drives etc., but eliminate the after hours racing. This policy is used in other problem area's why not here. GMR is not needed for access to houses, those who live in Azusa Cyn use hwy 39. I very close to GMR and can tell you that nothing good happens up there at night, it's all debauchery!!! Drive up there at night, if you dare, you'll see...
Richard King December 21, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Ah yes. Yet another. I really have nothing against the idiots that drive off the road due to their stupidity as long as they don't involve innocent drivers that may be at the wrong place at the wrong time. I do object to the waste of resources it requres in dollars and manpower to "rescue" these nuts. If you are driving this beautful scenic road in a safe manner,.there is a good chance you will make the trip safely. Those that push the limit., that's another story. And you can chalk it up to thinning out the heard. Just stop wasting the dollars to rush to their aid. I'll predict that between now and new year's day there will be another. Just hope it doesn't invove an innocent driver.
fast racing January 01, 2013 at 08:30 PM
GMR is a great place to ride your motorcycle. Race around and do wheelies. We have never crashed. The problem is the bicyclists ride down the hill always using both lanes


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