[UPDATE] 3 Involved in Fiery Crash Near Glendora Mountain Road

The three victims were pulled from the burning wreckage early Thursday morning and were airlifted to a hospital.


The vehicle carrying three passengers that went off of Glendora Ridge Road, seven miles west of Mt. Baldy Road, plunged between 400 and 600 feet before catching on fire and burning a half acre of brush early Thursday morning.

The accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Matt Levesque.

According to Levesque, the heat of the engine and the exhaust ignited the brush fire.

The three men in the vehicle -- Benjamin Rapoza, 18, of Riverside; Morion Thomas, 20, of Moreno Valley; and Daniel Chambers, 20, of Riverside -- suffered major cuts and abrasions, and Rapoza suffered a broken leg.

A passerby climbed down the cliff to try to help the victims and was overcome by smoke. Paramedics treated and released him.

The three crash victims were airlifted to USC Medical Center. Their condition is still unknown.

The fire was extinguished by 4:30 a.m.

[UPDATE] According to the California Highway Patrol, the three men injured in a car crash after their Mini Cooper plunged down a cliff into the Angeles National Forest early Thursday morning were Benjamin Rapoza, 18, of Riverside; Morion Thomas, 20, of Moreno Valley; and Daniel Chambers, 20, of Riverside.

The three men suffered major cuts and lacerations, while Rapoza suffered a broken leg.

The three were rescued by Los Angeles County Fire and San Dimas Search and Rescue teams and were flown to USC Medical Center.

The accident is still under investigation and is not yet known what had caused the accident.

Original article posted 6:42 a.m.:

Los Angeles County firefighters pulled three people from a vehicle that went off a cliff in the Angles National Forest near Glendora early Thursday morning.

The vehicle fell several hundred feet from a cliff near Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road at around 12:30 a.m. and caught on fire, said dispatch supervisor Michael Pittman of the LA County Fire Department.

The three victims were airlifted to hospital.

Their condition is still unknown.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Kevin Traschler July 09, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Scott..I'd like to know you. You remind me of Larry..er William. He went by both names. He was a Scout leader for the Dragons. A very big man..
Colleen July 09, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Kevin.. It was about 8 pm maybe later, there were about 6 of them on rte 66 i was traveling north on Grand.. they never obeyed their light I'm surprised they didn't get hit. north had the green light,. they just came flying across rte 66. it wasn't just me.. and, it happens all over town. they are supposed to obey traffic laws and they never do.. of course I watch the road, but, they hardly ever watch for, the cars.. ive seen a couple of them get knocked over and not bc the cars weren't paying attention.
Kevin Traschler July 09, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Colleen..I'm not speaking for everyone. I'm interested in the priviledges in my life alone. You say "no one 'bothered' me that night.. what bothers me is seeing the helipcopters and cops and ambulances", ergo you were bothered. If the road is closed by the CHP..then it is closed. I just have to ride farther for solitude. Arguing with you is stupid on my part. I refuse to aggrivate my mental state. Have the road closed. Burn the books you deem inapporopriate. Censor your life. May God have mercy on your soul.
Colleen July 09, 2011 at 04:48 PM
kevin one the best most important things here that we haven't even mentioned, and hopefully to put an end to all of our bickering... the freedom here that we haven't mentioned is our freedom of speech and our right to different opinions. you think yours is right and I think mine is.. that's the best right of freedom we have as American's I think.. and you're also being stupid about burn book and censor my life.. gave me a nice laugh.. I'd never consider that so don't put those words on me.. as far as God... the only book he wants me to read is his.. don't think he cares much about if we close a road late at night or not.. I'm out..
John July 18, 2011 at 02:06 PM
If someone crashes while drunk there is a way law enforcement can charge them for every police asset which was tied up...I think you are onto something Richard. Why not charge the at fault party for police and fire services if it was determined they were driving recklessly?


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