BUELLTON, Calif. (CBS, AP) -- A mother and her two daughters have been rescued from a BMW teetering on a California freeway bridge after a gravel truck rear-ended the car then plunged into a creek, killing the trucker.
The Santa Barbara News Press says the truck hit the 36-year-old woman's BMW on Thursday afternoon in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 101 in rural Buellton, about 25 miles north of Santa Barbara.
48 year old Charles Allison was driving a big rig truck registered to R/R. Wrecker in Arroyo Grande when for an unknown reason he crashed into a BMW, causing the truck to drive over the bridge.
36 year old Kelli Groves of San Juan Capo was driving with her 10 year old and 10 week old daughters. All three are being treated at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara with moderate injuries. One lane of Highway 101 is currently shut down but is expected to be reopened later in the day.
CHP Officers and Caltrans officials were on the scene most of the night investigating the crash and structure of the bridge that was damaged in the wreck.
The San Juan Capistrano family was pulled out of their demolished car an hour later. They are hospitalized.
The trucker died when his rig crashed into the creek and burst into flames.