The recovery of a car that plunged off Highway 180 hundreds of feet into the Kings River near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is being planned by the California Highway Patrol and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Yet to be determined is whether anyone died in the vehicle; if so, how many; and exactly when the crash occurred. It could have happened a week or more ago, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. He said the car plunged about 500 feet down near Convict Flat.
According to Sintia Kawasaki, a public information officer for the parks, the crash took place on Highway 180 near Horseshoe Bend sometime in the past week. Kawasaki said the recovery effort would take place Friday.
However, Lt. Ron Hayes of the sheriff’s office said the CHP would be the lead agency in the recovery, and exactly when it would take place would depend on when it’s safe to enter the raging Kings.
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Hayes said preliminary information was that the car “plunged 50 feet out” and down into the river.
Because of the extended time since the crash occurred, the effort is considered a recovery of any victim bodies rather than a rescue.
The sheriff’s Search and Rescue team is expected to take part in the recovery.