Four people have been rescued after a Tesla vehicle they were traveling in plunged over a cliff on Highway 1 in California. The incident occurred on Monday at Devils Slide in San Mateo County, with authorities receiving reports of the vehicle going off the roadway and falling 250 feet from the highway at around 10:50 a.m. PST. Two adults and two children were inside the car at the time of the accident.
Rescue efforts were launched immediately, with the two children being extricated by helicopter at around 12:20 p.m. Rescuers worked to free the adults from the vehicle, and all four occupants were eventually removed. The two children were unharmed, while the two adults suffered non-life-threatening injuries, though they were in critical condition earlier in the day.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, and authorities are investigating. Witness Robin Johnson spoke to NBC Bay Area about the incident, saying she saw the car driving “extremely fast” before it went over the cliff’s edge. Johnson added that when rescuers arrived, they found the two adults and two children in the vehicle, all alive. Cal Fire described the rescue operation as “nothing short of a miracle.”
The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of driving and highlights the importance of following safety guidelines and paying attention to the road at all times. It is not yet known if any charges will be filed in relation to the accident.
Expect delays after a vehicle went over the side of the cliff at Devil’s Slide. WATCH pic.twitter.com/dtL7BaBiE4
— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) January 2, 2023