By BETH STEBNER
Dramatic: Fire crews rescued Kelli Lynne Groves, 36, from her car after a truck rear-ended her BMW, leaving the mother and two daughters dangling precariously over the edge of a bridge
A mother and her two daughters have been rescued from their BMW, which was teetering perilously on a California freeway bridge after a gravel truck rear-ended their car and plunged into a creek.
The truck hit the back of the BMW Thursday afternoon as she was travelling north on Highway 101 in southern California, causing the BMW to strike the bridge railing.
There, Kelli Lynne Groves, a 36-year-old mother of two, and her two young daughters, aged ten years and ten months, dangled over the bridge awaiting rescue.
Intense moment: Fire crews use a US Navy SEEBEE heavy forklift to stabilize the BMW that was dangling over the side of the bridge
The impact from the accident caused Ms Groves’ car to land on the centre of the concrete guard rail, KVEC Radio reports.
The big-rig truck, meanwhile, ploughed through the guardrail, falling into Nojoqui Creek and immediately bursting into flames.
The 48-year-old truck driver, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene.
The terrified family waited for an hour for rescue crews to extricate them from the wreckage, and received help in the meantime from a group of Navy Seabees who were stuck in southbound traffic.
Rescued: The ten-year-old girl is wheeled from the scene to a medivac helicopter. She and her mother and ten-month-old sister are all listed in stable condition
The Seabees used a forklift they were transporting to stop the BMW from going over the bridge, KTLA reports.
Photos capture ten-year-old Sage Groves looking terrified as rescue workers fight to bring her to safety, and her mother, wearing a red top, crying as firefighters help pull her from the wreck.
The accident, which is currently under investigation, occurred along U.S. Route 101 in rural Buellton, about 25 miles north of Santa Barbara.
Because of the accident, the highway was closed in both directions.
The San Juan Capistrano family was taken to nearby Cottage Hospital with moderate injuries, 920kvec.com reports.
Ended in flame: The big-rig fell over the 100-foot bridge in Southern California and burst into flame after landing in the creek. Its driver died at the scene