JOSHUA TREE:(VVNG.com)- A 66-year-old man from Joshua Tree died after his vehicle was washed from the roadway during a flash flood. Fire along with officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene at Sunny Vista Road and Melton Trail in Joshua Tree at 3:58 p.m., on September 16, 2014.
According to witnesses, the man was driving in a line with other stopped vehicles that had stopped to let the flood waters that appeared to be about two feet deep pass. Bystanders told officials that the man tried to drive around the stopped vehicles, but his car became stuck in the mud.
His vehicle described as a white Chevy Blazer stalled and as water began to rise quickly, he opened his door in an attempt to exit. That’s when water rushed into his SUV and swept the vehicle off the road and into a wash. The SUV overturned eventually coming to rest on its roof inside the ravine. Rapid moving water continued to stream by, rescuers and bystanders were unable to reach the man until the floodwaters subsided.
The driver and sole-occupant identified by the San Bernardino Coroners Department as Kyle Wyne, was removed from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 p.m. The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.
- Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
- Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
- If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
- Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water.
- Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
- If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
- One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.