HESPERIA – A collision was reported in the area of Main Street near the Aqueduct in the City of Hesperia Thursday evening. The San Bernardino County Fire officials said that the collision sent a vehicle off of the road and into the fast moving aqueduct water.
The incident was reported at around 6:45 p.m. When emergency personnel arrived they were not immediately able to located the submerged red Volkswagen Beetle. A Swift water rescue response was requested. Five fire engines, two fire chiefs, one fire truck, four ambulances, a heavy rescue, two patrol helicopters, dive team. The dive team arrived and located the vehicle. The dive team made entry into the aqueduct.
One immediate patient was located and transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Witnesses said that an approximately 10-year-old boy with a visible head injury was ejected and rescued by good samaritans. The boy was conscious and able to give important information regarding the other occupants inside the vehicle. A 3-year-old child was also transported to Desert Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At 8:40 p.m. the search changed from a rescue to a recovery. The vehicle was pulled from the aqueduct at around 8:50 p.m. and one deceased adult female was located inside. The child at Loma Linda University Medical Center reported that a 2-year-old was also in the vehicle at the time of the collision. The dive team continued to search the surrounding area attempting to locate the small boy. The search was suspended at around 10:45 p.m. and the recovery effort will resume Friday morning.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Goddard said that it is unknown what caused the vehicle to leave the road and go into the aqueduct. The collision is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
it is unclear the condition of each of the victims at this time. There is no additional information at this time, information will be updated as it is received.
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