Crime - Sacto 911

CHP rescues man, five kids before their pickup can slide over edge of icy Sierra road

The CHP on Sunday rescued a man who had taken his pickup on an excursion with five children aboard and become stranded on an icy dirt road near the edge of a cliff.

The group had gone on a morning excursion into the backcountry, the California Highway Patrol stated in a report. By the time officers arrived, the man behind the wheel had kept his pickup from sliding off the dirt road by continually pressing hard on the brake.

The man said his pickup truck had begun to slide toward a cliff and that he had to keep both feet on the brake to prevent it from going over the edge.

A CHP helicopter crew was dispatched about 2:30 p.m. to the area of Ice House Reservoir off Highway 50 in El Dorado County. The crew eventually found the stranded group at nearby Junction Reservoir by following coordinates provided by a cellphone the group used to summon help.

Placerville CHP officers in patrol vehicles were dispatched because the helicopter could not land in the forested terrain. When officers arrived at the icy road, they hooked a strap to the truck and a sturdy tree.

Rocks were placed behind the tires and a tow truck was called. None of the children or the pickup driver was hurt.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews