One Dead in Crash Off Las Flores Canyon Road

The vehicle crashed about 50 to 100 feet down an embankment and one person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to firefighters.

The 45-year-old driver of a flatbed truck was killed in an over-the-side crash in the hills above Malibu Wednesday.

The crash was reported at 9:09 a.m. in the 2700 block of Las Flores Canyon Road between Malibu and Calabasas, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters worked to rescue the trapped motorist and called in a helicopter, a fire dispatcher said.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:30 a.m. and rescue crews were working to get down the embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Las Flores Canyon Road was closed from Live Oak Meadow Road to Hume Road for several hours, the CHP reported. Las Flores Canyon Road was reopened about 2:30 p.m.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. The man's name was withheld until next of kin are notified.

Do you have photos of this crash? Please send them to jessica.davis@patch.com.

Judy July 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Can you please alert us when road opens?
R Y A N July 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The area described is Los Angeles County, outside of the City of Malibu. Contact the Los Angeles County Road Department or your political representative, Zev Yaroslavsky's office for issues related to road segments just north of the City limits.
Quivering Fantods July 19, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I'm a little surprise that the police didn't post an officer at Las Flores and PCH to divert traffic. A long line of cars were backed up on Las Flores, near Hume, at close to 3 pm (not sure why the article states the road was opened at 2:30 -- it wasn't). People at the end of the long line of cars were having to get out, and walk up the road to try and get info from other motorists. I understand that their priority was securing and clearing the accident scene, but some info "on the ground" would've prevented a lot of confusion. Rest in peace, truck driver. (That road is gnarly, very hard on the brakes of even a normal car.)
Marshall Thompson July 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
How many complaints have we heard at Public Safety Commission meetings (that mostly none of you attended) from residents about speeding on Las Flores? The Cityof Malibu puts public safety last every time.
Paul Grisanti July 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Marshall, the described accident area is well outside the City Limits. What did the City have to do with this?


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