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87-year-old Orcutt man injured in car crash heads home

ORCUTT. Calif. - John Shuffield, a well-known Orcutt man involved in a crash in his classic Cadillac, is heading home after a long recovery.

The 87-year-old was injured in early March 2017 when he crashed his 1959 Cadillac into a power pole. He was flown to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and has been recovering ever since. 

"I feel good, no place like home," says Shuffield, less than an hour after he left the hospital for the first time in six weeks in a friends white Cadillac. 

Shuffield is home after recovering from a crash in his own classic Cadillac back in early March on Clark Avenue. "It was either hit the truck or hit the pole," says Shuffield. "So I had to do something."

The Korean War veteran hit the pole, which put him in the hospital, but brought out the best in Orcutt, as fundraisers to help John with his recovery and the restoration went on for weeks after the crash. 

"They did a good job, I wanna thank all of them," he says approvingly. "All the people they got in they pitched in, they did a good job."

His own Cadillac still needs work and several parts that are difficult to find before it is back on the road. Shuffield says he plans on working on the car with his grandson Chad. 


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