[symple_googlemap title=”Mystery SUV” location=”Walker Street and Fresca Drive, La Palma, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”13″]

The search for occupants of an SUV that crashed into a guard rail and overturned next to a creek in La Palma ended with no signs of life in the water and the vehicle on the land.

About 30 Orange County Fire Authority firefighters, four swift water rescue teams and numerous helicopters searched Coyote Creek after a crash happened at about 6:50 p.m. Saturday at Walker Street and Fresca Drive, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The helicopters searched all the way to Long Beach using infra-red technology to detect heat from bodies but found none, La Palma Police Chief Eric Nunez told City News Service.

It appears the driver of the 2003 Toyota 4Runner was northbound on Walker Street and lost control, went onto the sidewalk and crashed into the guardrail sending 30 feet of it flying into the creek before the vehicle rolled onto its hood and landed on the southbound side of Walker Street, Nunez said.

There was evidence someone was belted into the driver’s seat at the time of the accident, Nunez said.

Authorities were concerned that occupants of the SUV had been ejected from the vehicle into the water, he said. That was the reason for the search.

“We don’t know why no one stayed with it, or they were disoriented and left the scene,” Nunez said. “We are trying to contact the registered owner or the family of the registered owner to make sure they got any medical attention they might need.”

— City News Service


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