Snow Traps More Than 130 Motorists on Highway 138 Near Crestline; Rescue Underway

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Dozens of motorists had to be rescued Tuesday night after they became trapped in snow along Highway 138 near Crestline, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

Fire crews were utilizing three snowcats to rescue the more than 130 people who became stranded in an area north of Old Mill Road and south of Pilot Rock, the department stated on Twitter shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Over one foot of snow had fallen in the area, which was plagued by very low visibility and high winds, according to a separate tweet from the Fire Department.

The victims would first be transported to a local church before being taken by ambulances to San Moritz Lodge for shelter.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured.

Authorities said they completed the first round of rescues before 11:30 p.m., but it was not immediately clear how many snow-stranded motorists remained on the road.

San Bernardino Country fire crews were also assisting in evacuating 40 vehicles that were trapped in snow in the Mount Baldy area, the department tweeted just before 11:40 p.m.

Wintry weather conditions created a number of traffic problems in the mountain areas of Southern California Tuesday and caused at least two highways to either be fully or partially shut down.

Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service warned that mountain roadways could be hit with snow and ice.

Anyone driving through the mountain areas of San Bernardino County was required to have chains, Caltrans said.

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