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Five people in California were injured in a suspected drunk driving wreck Saturday, after ejected from the SUV, which tumbled more than 200 feet to the bottom of a canyon, authorities said.
The Rescue teams responded at around 4:40 p.m. local time of the crash on the narrow, twisting, Yankee jim’s Road Colfax, it is located outside of Sacramento, Cal Fire-Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, he said.
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The occupants, a 20-year-old male driver, an 18-year-old man in the front passenger seat, and three 16-year-old girls in the back seat, FOX40 in Sacramento reported.
Officials are calling it a “total miracle that all five of the passengers died in the crash.
None of the five occupants were wearing their seatbelts and were thrown from the vehicle, which was destroyed several times as it plummeted, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials released a photo of the powder and the deterioration in sport utility vehicles (SUV wedged in between the trees and on the rocks at the bottom of the canyon.
“Must be a miracle. It was a miracle that they all survived,” Cal Fire Capt. Chris Baldoni, told FOX40.
The victims were ejected from the SUV and had to be pulled up one-by-one with a technical rope rescue system.
One victim had managed to climb back up to the road and wave down a passing car for help, Baldoni said.
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The rescue took several hours as the crew was setting up of multi-rope systems to pull out the victims one by one from the canyon, officials said. One victim was airlifted and the others were driven to trauma centers with moderate to serious injuries.
The 20-year-old driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.