APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — First responders were dispatched to a 4-vehicle traffic collision Tuesday afternoon with reports of a man trapped inside an overturned jeep.
The crash happened on Highway 18 at about 2:15 p.m. near Corwin Road.
Firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District responded to the scene and by the time they arrived, nearby good samaritans had helped remove the driver from the vehicle. Paramedics rushed the man to St. Mary’s Hospital.
A Mercy Air helicopter was requested to land at the hospital to further transport the driver to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
According to Sergeant J. Marshall of the Apple Valley Police Department, all occupants from the three other involved vehicles did not require medical attention.
“It appears all vehicles were traveling westbound when the crash occurred. One vehicle was able to drive off since it sustained only minor damage,” Sgt. Marshall stated.
A white Chevy and silver Mustang sustained moderate damage and were towed away from the scene.
Miraculously, three Koi fish that were inside the overturned Jeep survived. They were located by firefighters and then transported by Apple Valley Animal Control.
Both east and westbound lanes of Highway 18 were briefly shut down between Kasota and Corwin Roads as authorities worked to clear the scene.
The official cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.