Emergency Crews Recover Vehicle Over Side of Highway 18′s Arctic Circle; Driver Survives With Only Minor Injuries

While traveling on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18 yesterday, March 29, at about 2:45pm, a single vehicle went over the side of the mountain just east of Lakeview Point, dropping somewhere between 700 and 1000’ down. The single occupant of the vehicle, 18-year-old Larry Mullins of Running Springs, was driving toward Big Bear when his 2005 Jeep Liberty went off the road–however he survived the incident with only minor injuries, including a broken collar bone, and climbed back up to Highway 18. Given the severity of the drop, emergency crews held vehicle recovery until this morning, and this is currently underway [as of 11am], with San Bernardino County Fire and California Highway personnel on scene, as well as Mr. Mullin. The accident is under investigation by the CHP. Motorists on Highway 18 can expect delays as only one lane of traffic is available at this time and those on Arctic Circle should also be mindful of rocks that have fallen into the roadway. (Those taking Highway 38 should also watch for rocks in the roadway.)

Larry Mullins gazes down on rescue workers recovering his Jeep Liberty the day after it fell nearly 1000 feet off Highway 18's Arctic Circle. According to the CHP officer on the scene "his seat belt saved his life"

While traveling on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18 yesterday, March 29, at about 2:45pm, a single vehicle went over the side of the mountain just east of Lakeview Point, dropping somewhere between 700 and 1000’ down. The single occupant of the vehicle, 18-year-old Larry Mullins of Running Springs, was driving toward Big Bear when his 2005 Jeep Liberty went off the road–however he survived the incident with only minor injuries, including a broken collar bone, and climbed back up to Highway 18. Given the severity of the drop, emergency crews held vehicle recovery until this morning, and this is currently underway [as of 11am], with San Bernardino County Fire and California Highway personnel on scene, as well as Mr. Mullin. The accident is under investigation by the CHP. Motorists on Highway 18 can expect delays as only one lane of traffic is available at this time and those on Arctic Circle should also be mindful of rocks that have fallen into the roadway. (Those taking Highway 38 should also watch for rocks in the roadway.)

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