At 11:40 a.m. Thursday, Cal Fire crews responded to a report of a car marooned in a large pool of standing water on a rural dirt road off Highway 46, east of Paso Robles.
First responders found two people sitting on the roof of a small white sedan on Whispering Oaks Way. Water was up to the windows, authorities said.
It appeared the driver had attempted to cross a large puddle at the base of an incline just before the muddy road crossed Weeping Willow Way.
By 12:10 p.m., the car had been pulled out of the water. No injuries were reported. Details on damage to the car were not released.
— Tonya Strickland
San Luis Obispo
A change in the type of oil used to bake bread at San Luis Obispo Sourdough near Tank Farm Road caused a false alarm that brought several fire trucks out to respond this morning.
The report of a structure fire led San Luis Obispo fire officials to the scene, where they found smoke rising from the building at 3877 Long Street. The call was received at 9:51 a.m., said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Hogan.
But company officials said the bread makers were using a new oil that created more steam than usual, creating a billow that attracted the attention of onlookers and nearby workers.
Fire officials spent about 30 minutes investigating the report and said the steam may continue for the next day or two, but that it shouldn’t cause concern.
— Nick Wilson
San Luis Obispo
A car flipped over on the Cuesta Grade on Wednesday morning, causing a major traffic backup for morning commuters and holiday travelers.
The white car flipped over in the slow lane of northbound Highway 101 at 6:44 a.m., according to the CHP. The crash happened on the north side of the grade, just below the start of the brake-check area.
The female driver was trapped inside the vehicle, but was conscious, according to CHP reports.
CHP officers slowed traffic near the Highway 58 off-ramp.
At 8:02 a.m., another car rolled over on the south side of the grade, just before the Monterey Street exit. An ambulance responded to help the female driver, who was the only person in the car.
At 8:26 a.m., another vehicle spun out in the same area and was facing the wrong direction. It was partially blocking the fast lane.
Several other minor crashes were also reported in the area.
— Tribune staff report