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Man Rescued From Overturned Jeep in Cajon Pass Off-Road Area

CAJON PASS, Calif. ( — Firefighters and sheriff’s personnel worked together to rescue a man pinned underneath an overturned Jeep in an off-road area of the Cajon Pass.

On the morning of Saturday, January 13, 2024, the San Bernardino County Fire crews rushed to Forest Service Road 2N47, just east of Interstate 15, where the vehicle had overturned.

The road is known for its rugged terrain and is popular among off-roaders.

The 911 callers reported that a Jeep had rolled over and someone was trapped underneath. Due to the remote location, the San Bernardino County Sheriff air resources were deployed.

The firefighters arrived in specialized all-terrain rescue vehicles (ARV) and conventional fire trucks. The ARV uses an off-road 4×4 UTV to reach areas inaccessible to regular fire trucks.

The firefighters and Sheriff’s personnel worked together to coordinate the rescue efforts and used the helicopter to transport people and equipment to the remote site.

Upon arrival, they found a person pinned under the overturned Jeep. The Firefighter-Paramedics provided advanced life-saving care while undertaking the complex task of freeing the individual.

The rescue operation was challenging due to the steep terrain, leaking fuel, and unstable ground.

Finally, after several hours, the firefighters successfully freed the individual from the vehicle. He was airlifted to a nearby trauma center by the SBSO Air Rescue.

The entire operation took a considerable amount of time to complete. San Bernardino County Fire deployed an Engine, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, two All-Terrain Rescue Vehicles (ARV), a Battalion Chief, and a Medic Ambulance.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Air Rescue crews were vital for the operation.

U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest also assisted with the operation.

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