HESPERIA – A 21-year-old Victorville man suffered only minor injuries after crashing into the California Aqueduct on Tuesday.
At around 2:44 a.m. the man walked into the AM/PM located on CA-395 and Six Flags Court in the City of Hesperia and advised that he had just crashed into the aqueduct.
Deputies arrived and located the man who had multiple cuts on his face. Through investigation, it was learned that the man was driving northbound on CA-395 when he fell asleep and veered off of the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into the barrier surrounding the aqueduct, continued through the barrier and into the aqueduct. The male driver was able to get out of his vehicle, grab hold of a buoy, and pull himself to safety.
The male driver then walked nearly 3 miles to the AM/PM to seek help. He was assessed by fire personnel but declined treatment and was released to family. “The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team is currently putting together an action plan with the water district for the removal of the vehicle out of the aqueduct,” Sheriff’s officials said in the official news release.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is urged to contact the Hesperia Station, at (760)947-1500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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