July 28, 2014
Eight firefighters have been hospitalized after the U.S. Forest Service transport van they were riding in plunged 400 feet off a road in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Forest Service officials say six of the firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Bear Valley Community Hospital.
Two others suffered moderate injuries and were flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Fontana.
Officials say some of the crew members had broken bones, including one person who had a possible broken pelvis.
The firefighters were helping to mop up the Butler 2 Fire, which was fully contained late last month.
Officials say the firefighters serve on a hand crew that usually travels to work sites by air, but this time they were traveling in a van.
The accident happened just before 10 a.m. this morning.