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Michael Stevens of Canyon Country goes back down to his SUV to collect belongings after overturning the vehicle on an icy Frazier Mountain Park Road Sunday morning. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
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Kern County Fire Department's Engine 57, sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol and Hall Ambulance Service all responded to this incident. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
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CHP officers do a lot of this, often with outcomes not as happy as this one. The child safety seat used in this vehicle probably saved the child's life. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]
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Kelly Langsfeld sent this photo taken at 9:26 a.m. from in front of his home on Pearl Trail. Steven's car appears to have stopped just short of colliding with a very large boulder.
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Joyce Garrett of Frazier Park called 911 after seeing the black SUV roll off the road and land upside down. She sent a reminder to motorists: Those roads are icy, please drive carefully.
FRAZIER PARK, California (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 6:30 a.m.)–Community reporter Joyce Garrett called 911 for the Sunday accident reported here. Garrett saw this SUV slide off of Frazier Mountain Park Road near the Cuddy Creek bridge, "it took only about 5 seconds," she said in an interview. Her home overlooks the roadway. She says she has seen many accidents at this spot. She was glad to see the driver and his wife jump out of the car within 10 seconds, as they pulled the baby out of its car seat. Garrett called 911 and was relieved that "everyone seemed OK."
Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol, Hall’s Ambulance and "the ever-ready Kern County Fire
Department were all on scene," Garrett writes, adding: " Please drive slowly and carefully up and down Frazier Mountain Park Road near the bridge, as it is very, very, very icy."
FRAZIER PARK, California (Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, 9:35 a.m.)–Michael Stevens of Canyon Country wants to tell everyone, "Be careful on these icy roads. And be sure to use child safety seats with children in your vehicles." He knows from experience. As the photo to the right shows, Stevens was driving his Chevrolet Blazer westbound on Frazier Mountain Park Road just before 9 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle on the ice, west of the skate park, went off the side of the road and overturned, above Cuddy Creek. Stevens is very thankful today that his baby daughter, who was with him in the vehicle, is unharmed. She was secured in a child safety seat. There were no injuries in the crash.
LEBEC, California (Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, 8:35 a.m.)–California Highway Patrol responded to a report of icy road conditions on Frazier Mountain Park Road in Lebec. Kern County Roads was requested to spread cinders on the roadway. A bigrig truck was reported to have been stuck on the ice, just after 8 a.m. The roads from Pine Mountain down to Interstate 5 are icy with temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to the low 30s, according to a Mountain Enterprise reporter who made the trip at 8 a.m.
This is part of the November 26, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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