No serious injuries reported after vehicle goes off road, down cliff |

No serious injuries reported after vehicle goes off road, down cliff

The fact that a group of teens all were wearing their seatbelts likely saved their lives after their vehicle ran off the road and landed 150 feet down a cliff.

Firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated and North San Juan, as well as personnel from the California Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Land Management, responded to the scene of the accident, North Bloomfield Road near Edwards Crossing, at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Fire units arrived to find a solo vehicle upside-down, approximately 150 feet down a cliff. according to a press release from Battalion Chief Jerry Funk. Three of the five occupants, ages 15-17, were able to hike out to the roadway and summon help. Two remaining juveniles were rescued by fire personnel using a rope system and stokes litter.

Three victims were transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital via ambulance for minor to moderate injuries. Emergency personnel credited the use of seatbelts for the relatively minor injuries, considering the severity of the accident.

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