Firefighters Rescue Mother & Daughters From Smashed Car Dangling Perilously Over Bridge

Firefighters work to rescue a trapped woman and her two daughters as their car dangles over a freeway overpass in Southern California. (Image source: KTLA-TV)

A mother and her two daughters were rescued Thursday from their smashed car as it teetered perilously over a freeway overpass in Southern California.

Santa Barbara County firefighters removed a 10-year-old girl, a 10-week-old baby girl and their 36-year-old mother from their BMW as it was hanging over the edge, KTLA-TV reported. The car had lodged in the bridge railing on the northbound 101 freeway after colliding with a big-rig truck near Buellton.

(Image source: Santa Maria Times)

The big-rig plunged over the bridge and burst into flame. The 48-year-old truck driver died at the scene.

The woman and her daughters were aided by a group of Navy Seabees who were coincidentally stuck in traffic near the scene, the Santa Maria Times reported. They used a forklift they were transporting to assist firefighters and rescue crews to free the trapped family.

The woman and 10-year-old girl suffered major injuries and were flown to the hospital. The 10-week-old girl was “conscious and alert” and sustained only minor injuries, according to KTLA.

Firefighters were aided by a group of Navy Seabees who had been stuck in traffic near the scene and coincidentally happened to be transporting a forklift. (Image source: Santa Maria Times)

Capt. David Sadecki with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department told the Santa Maria Times it was “very fortunate” the Seabees had a forklift nearby, calling the rescue operation “extensive.”

“[It was] one of the most difficult ones we’ve had in a long time,” he said. “Almost to the point where you couldn’t tell what type of car it was, which is pretty remarkable.”

The big-rig that collided with the family's BMW plunged over the bridge and burst into flames. The 48-year-old driver died at the scene. (Image source: Santa Maria Times)

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