Water tank accident leaves one person dead in Ventura County

Water tender fatal accident in Ventura County

CAMARILLO, Calif. - A water tender accident near the PCH in Ventura County has left one person dead.

Helicopter aerials shows the aftermath when a water tender fell hundreds of feet down the hillside.
“We immediately sent firefighters over the side and determined on scene that it was about 600 feet but when we finally made it to the water tender we were about 800 to 1,000 feet down,” said Brian McGrath, the Ventura County Fire public information officer.

The incident occurred just after 9 Wednesday morning. The Ventura County Fire Department rushed on scene to find a single vehicle water tender that rolled off Deer Creek Road near the PCH.

“Firefighters determine that there was a single passenger in that water tender and that person was fatally injured,” said McGrath.

This is the area that the Woolsey fire blazed through nearly six months ago, and crews are still cleaning up.

“This water tender was a privately owned water tender that was doing recovery efforts due to the Woolsey fire up in the Deer Creek area,” said McGrath.

Fire officials say these hillsides and terrains are very steep creating dangerous driving conditions. Officials also say the driver was carrying an estimated 20,000 gallons of water.

“When you are driving up and off PCH, you are driving up one of the more narrow steep canyons,” said McGrath. “There is a lot of steep cliffs that run right along the road way so there is no straight shot, it is very narrow and very steep out there.”

According to the California Highway Patrol the driver has been identified as a 68-year-old from Twin Peaks. This collision is still under investigation.


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