Two dead, two injured after jump from SR-56 bridge following car crash
Two men died and two others sustained life-threatening injuries after jumping off a roughly 75-foot bridge following a single-vehicle crash on state Route 56 late Tuesday, July 9, authorities said.
Another two occupants of the car ran off after the crash, which was reported to authorities about 11 p.m., a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.
CHP Sgt. Brent Lowry said it appears the people in the car were unfamiliar with the area and that four of them jumped the wall “not realizing they were on a bridge, and fell into the canyon below.”
The six people had been inside a 2012 blue Nissan Altima that spun out and crashed into a railing on a bridge on eastbound SR-56 near Carmel Valley Road, Lowry told reporters, including San Diego News Video.
He said the car ended up in the traffic lanes, with vehicles coming at it.
Lowry said six people may have gotten “out of the car to get out of the lanes so they didn’t get hit by another car.”
Crews reached the men and found that two had died. The other two were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, a dispatcher said.
-- Teri Figueroa is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune
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