Father, son rescued from minivan after South County crash

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Five Cities Fire Authority officials freed a father and his teenage son from a van using the Jaws of Life following a rollover accident on the northbound Highway 101 onramp from Oak Park Boulevard.

At about 2 p.m. Monday, Five Cities emergency personnel responded to the scene to discover a minivan tipped onto the driver’s side.

According to a news release, the father and son were trapped inside the minivan for almost 20 minutes before firefighters were able to use their hydraulic auto extraction tool to cut away a portion of the van’s back hatch to gain access to the interior. From there, they used hand tools to clear debris and free the pair.

According to Five Cities Fire Authority spokesman Peter Klein, both father and son were able to walk away from the wreckage. As a precaution, they were taken to an unnamed nearby medical facility for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured and did not need medical attention.

According to Klein, the location of the collision is unique in that it lies where the jurisdictions of multiple agencies meet. While Five Cities conducted the emergency service, Pismo Beach Police Department is acting as the investigating agency; the California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, and the Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach police departments assisted on the scene, which was cleared by 3 p.m..

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