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Women Survive Plunge Down Steep Embankment

BASS LAKE — Two women were lucky to survive a plunge off a a wet mountain road down a steep embankment near Bass Lake this afternoon.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, the two women were eastbound on Road 274, just west of the turnoff to The Pines Resort, traveling in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. It was raining and the roads were wet, according to the CHP.

According to the driver, a 61-year old woman from North Fork, she drifted off the right side of the road for unknown reasons, colliding with a rock and a tree. The vehicle continued straight down the hill, finally coming to a stop about 50-feet off the roadway.

Her passenger, a 56-year-old woman also from North Fork, was trapped in the vehicle, so the driver left the scene to summon help.

CHP, Sierra Ambulance, firefighters and Madera County Sheriff’s deputies all responded to the scene.

The passenger was able to get out of the car and was checked out by Sierra Ambulance personnel for complaints of pain, and transported to St. Agnes with what was described by CHP as minor injuries. The driver also suffered minor injuries and had complaints of pain.

The accident is under investigation.

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