Crews search for car and passengers in Klamath River

Update (03-07-17 11:30 a.m.) — Police have identified the individuals who were in a vehicle that crashed down an embankment and ended up in the Klamath River in northern California Monday.

The California Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Elizabeth Anne Palmer is suspected to be dead, though there is no confirmation yet. A 4-year-old passenger and an 18-month-old passenger are also suspected to be dead.

Jose Paredes Chavez was identified by police as the third passenger in the crash. He was able to climb up the embankment and summon help. He was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Humboldt County, Cal.- California Highway Patrol search and rescue officers continued to search for a car and its passengers in the Klamath River Monday morning.

According to CHP, the car crashed down an 800 foot embankment off CA-96 between Hoopa and Orleans Sunday evening. The driver of the car was able to get out and climb up the embankment. He flagged down a CalTrans worker who then called 911.

CHP crews were called in to locate the car and save the three people left inside. When they arrived, they found the scene of the crash, but couldn’t locate the car. Some search and rescue crews were able to launch a search in the area, but others were hampered by snow and landslides.

The search continued Monday morning and helicopters were called in to help. By Monday afternoon, they still weren’t able to launch due to the weather.

The driver of the car was in an area hospital Monday afternoon in unknown condition.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC5 News for updates.


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