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whitehat 01-14-2012 11:10 AM

BMW hangs from freeway overpass



Firefighters rescue a San Juan Capistrano family from a car dangling precariously over a bridge after a fiery crash on Highway 101 near Buellton on Thursday. A mother and her two daughters were trapped in their car, teetering on a freeway bridge after a gravel truck rear-ended the car then plunged into a creek, killing the trucker.


juicytofu 01-14-2012 12:11 PM

foly huck!

BimProject 01-14-2012 12:33 PM

Dayummmmmm hopefully the fams ok

Vic328CSi 01-14-2012 01:56 PM

how the hell does anyone survive that. probably because they were in a bmw

TekNoire7 01-14-2012 02:01 PM

Wow that is insane... You can't even tell its a e46 anymore apart from the rims.

PRDesignsTony 01-14-2012 02:13 PM

I just got mind blown

Bimmer4Lyfe 01-14-2012 02:17 PM

dibs on the left tailight :thumbup:

seriously... glad they made it out safe

PRDesignsTony 01-14-2012 02:24 PM

ya for realz man ^^^^ thats a crazy accident. If this was a civic than the Husband would be receiving a terrible knock at the door

aphhpa 01-14-2012 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by Bimmer4Lyfe (Post 13979050)
dibs on the left tailight :thumbup:

seriously... glad they made it out safe

F'd up

But lmao.

B15 01-14-2012 03:10 PM

10 week old baby on the car :yikes: You can't tell me if they were in a Hyundai they would be alive right now.

mestupmonkydude 01-14-2012 08:21 PM

Not bad. http://www.euroncap.com/tests/bmw_3_..._2005/225.aspx

Miko_10 01-15-2012 11:47 AM

Couldnt even tell that was an e46 from the pics, good to read the family made it out alive.

GaryGG 01-15-2012 04:11 PM

Ultimate Driving Machine... really!!

Mine wasn't trashed this badly, but my '03 530i was totaled 8/30/11 by a tail-gating college kid. Afterward, all 4 doors opened properly with no injuries. The BMW did it's job protecting the occupants perfectly. I actually drove it off the freeway.

Hopefully, these folks were as fortunate...


Lair 01-15-2012 09:02 PM


Originally Posted by juicytofu (Post 13978755)
foly huck!


Sucks about the truck driver. There's very little room for error on the 101.

dreyo27 01-15-2012 09:24 PM

Someone had a bad day

B_Cyrus 01-15-2012 09:27 PM

323i >*

Nightmare5336 01-16-2012 01:41 PM

BMW crash story on good morning America
Saw this on Goodmorning America I will post pics when I get home

Emergency workers and Navy Seebees who managed to save a mother of two and her children as her wrecked car dangled from a bridge said they set aside their emotions to engineer the harrowing rescue.

Kelli Lynne Groves, her 10-month-old baby Milo and 10-year-old daughter Sage's nightmare began while they were driving on California's Highway 101 near Santa Barbara and were rear-ended by a big-rig truck.

Groves' BMW was left hanging practically sideways Thursday on the side of the bridge as the truck plummeted 100 feet into a ravine and burst into flames, killing the driver, Charles Allison Jr., instantly.

"The BMW was then forced into the center concrete wall where the three parties in the BMW became trapped in the vehicle," Officer Danny Maher of the California Highway Patrol told KSBY.com.

After the accident, Groves and her children had a stroke of luck when U.S. Navy Seabees, who happened to be driving on the highway with the kind of equipment needed to save them from the deadly plummet, stopped to aid the family. The crew quickly joined forces with emergency workers in the rescue.

"Our first priority was life safety, and that for firefighters, and for the occupants on the car," Ray Navarro, fire chief at the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, said on "Good Morning America" today.

"This was a complex situation. We had a vehicle with occupants trapped on the bridge and hazmats under the bridge. The teamwork and courage and abilities and skills all came together. And we focused on rescuing those trapped inside."

California Highway Patrol Officer Danny Maher said, "They all got out and wanted to know if they could help maybe with traffic or something else. They had a large forklift with them. It was actually just good luck on our part."

Greg Taylor from Station 31 of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department was also on the scene at the accident.

"You're so focused on what you're doing that you don't really think about the emotional part of it until afterwards," Taylor told ABC News affiliate KEYT.

Inside the car, which was damaged beyond recognition, 36-year-old, first-grade teacher Groves and her two daughters struggled to free themselves as rescue workers tirelessly fought to rescue them.

"[Groves] was saying, 'Get me and my children out of here,' and she said that they wanted to get a net below her. I told her I needed her to remain calm and patient. She was a very calm woman, very cooporative," Greg Nuckols of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department told "GMA."

The forklift was able to keep the dangling car steady until the rescue workers were finally able to free the family.

After the rescue, they were airlifted to Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital where the baby girl, who had been in a car seat, was treated for minor injuries.

"Kelly said 'thank you,' she was quite happy to be free," Nuckols said. "She was concerned about her baby and her 10-year-old. She wanted us to contact her husband."

Saturday morning the final pieces of the big rig from Thursday's fatal accident were removed, KEYT-TV reported, while an environmental company has been contracted to clean up the reported 50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from Allison's truck.

Shaban 01-16-2012 01:51 PM


MDydinanM 01-16-2012 01:53 PM

glad thEy were rescued

al0513 01-16-2012 02:01 PM

Not reading this. Post some cliffs.

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