Upper Ojai crash injures two men
By Lenny Roberts
Two Ojai men were severely injured Tuesday
evening when the 1977 Ford Econoline in which they were riding
crashed on Ojai-Santa Paula Road.
Both men, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve
Reid, nearly had their right arms severed at their elbows in
the 6:19 p.m. crash.
Upper Ojai resident Terje Riisnaes witnessed the crash. "It
looked like it went straight off the road," he said.
Reid said the driver, Reynaldo Lopez, 25, was traveling westbound
near Sulphur Mountain Road when he lost control of the vehicle
for reasons unknown. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident,
and neither he nor his passenger, Hector Zepeda, 26, was wearing
a seat belt, Reid added.
"For whatever reason, Lopez lost control and went off the
roadway into a ditch and the van came to rest on its right side
against a utility pole. We don't know why he ran off the road.
There were no skid marks, and he was unable to make a statement
because of the substantial injuries he sustained," Reid
Highway 150 was closed to traffic in both directions for more
than 30 minutes because of extensive extrication procedures,
which were complicated due to the position of the vehicle and
substantial bleeding of both men.
Lopez was airlifted to the Ventura County Medical Center and
Zepeda was transported to the Ojai Valley Community Hospital
The Ojai Valley News
to the news
crews prepare to extricate two men trapped inside a Ford Econoline
van. The van, which was traveling west on Highway 150 near Sulphur
Mountain Road, left the road and rolled into a drainage culvert
before coming to a stop on its side against a utility pole.