Two people are dead after their rental car flew off of a cliff near Big Sur and burst into flames. The accident happened during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The vehicle careened off of Highway 1 and burst into flames, according to news reports. The solo-vehicle crash that involved a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro happened about 10 miles south of Big Sur Village.
The crash caused a brush fire 300 feet down the side of the cliff that fire fighters needed to extinguish before reaching the vehicle. Once fire personnel put out the blaze, the search and rescue team scaled down to the burned-out vehicle and discovered two deceased occupants.
The incident involved multiple agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Monterey County Sheriff Office and Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.
The victims have not been identified, yet, and authorities do not suspect drugs or alcohol to be a factor in the crash.
California’s Highway 1, which hugs the high cliffside along the coast, is no stranger to fatal accidents.
Just last month, video caught a speeding dark green Lexus SUV driving off the cliff near Gray Whale Cove State Beach. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office released the video filmed by a passing motorist. The car went airborne, and then disappeared.
In August, two vehicles went off the cliff after a head-on crash in the Big Creek Bridge area, south of Big Sur. They tumbled 200-feet to the ground below and survived. However, just a few days prior, another vehicle plunged over the edge, disappearing.