California woman and three kids dead

  1. Apparently, she lost control of her SUV and flipped it upside down into an aquaduct. Everyone was under water for about 15 mins. before they could be released from the car. All of the kids were under 10 years old. So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and family. WW.
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  3. by   jemb
    Saw the father/husband interviewed on tv. He said that his wife had brought him something at his job and was returning home when the accident occurred. The poor man was devastated -- very sad situation. He said he's going to "go home and never come back to this country".

    Here's the story from the LA Times:


    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...s%2Dcalifornia /local/la-021903car_wr,1,4110169.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2 Dcalifornia
  4. by   duckie
    Prayers for that family.
  5. by   renerian
    I saw it on the news, very very sad.

    renerian
  6. by   emily_mom
    Truly tragic....

    Kristy
  7. by   Q.
    Originally posted by jemb
    Saw the father/husband interviewed on tv. He said that his wife had brought him something at his job and was returning home when the accident occurred. The poor man was devastated -- very sad situation. He said he's going to "go home and never come back to this country".

    Here's the story from the LA Times:


    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...s%2Dcalifornia /local/la-021903car_wr,1,4110169.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2 Dcalifornia
    I can't access your link - it's asking for a membership. Can you cut and paste the article perhaps?
    I'm curious about his comment: "go home and never come back to this country."
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I can't access your link - it's asking for a membership. Can you cut and paste the article perhaps?
    I'm curious about his comment: "go home and never come back to this country."
    ditto....
  9. by   2amigos
    I went ahead and registered so I could read the story. Here it is:
    From Associated Press
    A pickup truck crashed through a fence and plunged into the California Aqueduct today, killing three children and one woman and leaving another child unconscious and on life support.

    The dead children included a 1-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, Dr. Calvin Lowe, a trauma physician at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, said at a news conference.
    A 30-year-old woman died at Antelope Valley Hospital, doctors there said.

    A 14-year-old girl was unconscious and on life support at Childrens Hospital while doctors conducted brain activity tests.

    The children were probably submerged under water for 20 or 30 minutes, rescue workers said.

    Lowe did not know the relationship of the children to each other or to the woman. "I don't know their relationship except they were all in the same vehicle," Lowe said.

    The crash occurred on Highway 138, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert.

    Divers searched the murky water for additional victims. No one else was found in the truck, which was pulled from the water, but divers continued searching the aqueduct, California Highway Patrol officers said.

    Firefighters received a 911 call about 7 a.m., but it was unknown how long the truck had been in the water at that time. The California Aqueduct, which brings water from Northern to Southern California, was 15 to 20 feet deep in the area.

    "An engineer and a paramedic of the first fire units to arrive saw the skid marks and had an idea where the car was in the water," Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark Savage said. "They put on their breathing apparatus normally used for structure fires and went in to pull all the victims out of the car."

    The vehicle sank a few hundred feet from Pearblossom Highway, a busy roadway between state Highways 14 and 18. The route is heavily used by trucks and travelers between the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas.

    The California Aqueduct is 444 miles long and moves millions of gallons of water a day through a series of dams, canals and aqueducts delivering water to Southern California from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta.

    Today's accident occurred about 50 yards downstream from an aqueduct control gate. The gates were quickly closed, stemming the aqueduct's flow, after a water department worker saw the accident, said John Bunce, operations superintendent for the Department of Water Resources southern field division in Castaic.

    That employee could not immediately be located.

    Bunce estimated the water was flowing at about 750 cubic feet per second, equal to a current of "a couple of miles per hour" at most, Bunce said.

    "It's swift enough that you couldn't swim upstream, it's defeating in that sense. It's moving faster than it looks, but it's nothing like a river moving in a storm," Bunce said.

    Jeff Cohen, a spokesman for the DWR, said such accidents along the waterway are uncommon and most involve people swimming or fishing in the aqueduct, he added.

    In 1998, the body of screenwriter Gary DeVore was discovered in the aqueduct, a year after he vanished while driving to Southern California from New Mexico.

    The California Highway Patrol later concluded that DeVore, tired during the long drive home, drove off a bridge and drowned on June 28, 1997.
  10. by   nursedawn67
    How very sad.
  11. by   jemb
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I can't access your link - it's asking for a membership. Can you cut and paste the article perhaps?
    I'm curious about his comment: "go home and never come back to this country."
    I see somone else already posted the article for you.


    He is from El Salvador. The three children who died were his. The 14 yo on life support was a niece. His wife, the driver who was killed, had only been driving a month, and, according to the husband, did not have a driver's license. The impression I got from seeing and hearing him was that he came here seeking a better life, but now has lost everything. Bad memories, bad experience here, so he wants to stay with family in El Salvador.

    It was heartbreaking to see him...

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