Pair rescued from canyon

archive_import /

By CHRIS BATEMAN

A couple was rescued from the wreckage of a pickup after it left Highway 120 early Saturday evening and plunged more than 600 feet off New Priest Grade into the canyon.

Driver Eva De Luna Santacruz, 29, of Mexico, was taken by helicopter to Memorial North Medical Center in Modesto. She was reported in fair condition this morning with a cut right arm, a broken right elbow and numerous external injuries. Her passenger, Alvaro Santacruz, 27, also of Mexico, was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with cuts and stomach pain. His condition was not available this morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Eva Santacruz was driving west about 6:30 p.m. when she crossed the double-yellow line to pass several slower vehicles east of Ferndale. Her pickup then left the road after she entered a right curve too fast.

According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup "vaulted off a steep mountainside" and "overturned numerous times" before coming to rest at the bottom of the canyon.

Tuolumne County Search and Rescue Team and crews from the Groveland Community Services District Fire Department, the Tuolumne County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to a 6:49 p.m. 911 call.

The rescue operation took more than two hours.

11500364
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Saturday April 30, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New $65M courthouse to open by end of 2019

04/26/2016

State officials are working with architectural consultants on final designs for a ... more

Lake is full, marina is open

04/26/2016

The temperature was in the high 20s Tuesday morning when Jacob Hartley, ... more

Increased pulse flows for fish begin on Stanislaus River

04/26/2016

Agencies that control flows on the Stanislaus River below Tulloch and New ... more

Director resigns as infighting continues

04/27/2016

Bryan Adcox has resigned from the Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors ... more

Homelessness dominates town hall talks

04/27/2016

Sonora’s generous nature is one of the forces driving a seemingly growing ... more