HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 21-year-old man escaped near death after falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing into the California Aqueduct early Tuesday.
On February 20, 2018, at about 2:44 a.m., sheriff’s dispatch received reports of a vehicle that had crashed through a perimeter fence and went into the aqueduct along US Highway 395, just north of Smoketree Road in the city of Hesperia.
According to officials the driver of the Honda Civic stated he had fallen asleep while driving northbound on US-395 and drifted off the right side of the roadway and woke up when his Honda hit the water.
Unable to swim, the driver explained to officials how he managed to escape from the vehicle as it sunk into the aqueduct.
“He waited until his car submerged and the pressure equalized inside the vehicle before opening his door and going to the surface of the water directly under a buoy. [The driver] said he held onto the buoy and made his way to the edge where he crawled out,” officials said.
At the time of the crash, outdoor temperatures in the Victor Valley were in the low 20’s, making the fast moving waters even more frigid. Cold and soaked the driver managed to walk over 2-miles along US-395 to the AM/PM gas station on Three Flags Ct. and called for help.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department are expected to attempt removal of the vehicle from the aqueduct later today.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at (760)947-1500.