SUGAR PINE – A Fresno family headed home from a day of biking and sightseeing in Yosemite had their trip interupted when their car went off the road just south of Sugar Pine on Highway 41 on Sunday, Feb. 17.
All eight occupants of the southbound Chevy Suburban escaped injury when, according to the CHP, the driver dozed off and the vehicle went over the steep bank on the west side of the road shortly after 5 p.m.“We’re not even classifying it as an accident,” said the CHP officer on the scene. “They didn’t hit anything, not even a tree. They just drove off the road.”
And indeed, the Suburban bounced over some downfall as it went off the shoulder and down into the forest, but managed to miss trees, rocks or anything else that might have caused major damage. The windshield and front end were intact, it still started right up, and all the passengers, even the bicycles on the roof rack, survived without a scratch.
“We had a wonderful day in Yosemite,” said the driver, who didn’t wish to have his name mentioned. “And even with this happening, everyone is okay. We are very lucky and very blessed.”
Everyone applauded as the operator from Doc’s Towing managed to haul the vehicle back up onto the roadway without it rolling over, and all-in-all the family had a great attitude about the unceremonious end to their day. “Someone was watching over us,” they said.