California Snowstorm Leaves Drivers Trapped in Their Vehicles

Rescue crews worked to get people to safety.

ByABC News
December 31, 2014, 5:23 AM

— -- More than 100 drivers were trapped in their vehicles overnight during a snowstorm in Southern California.

Dozens of stranded drivers were trapped on State Route 38 in the San Bernardino Mountains, said San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Ryan Beckers. Rescue crews worked to remove people from their vehicles and take them to a nearby church, Beckers said.

Others were trapped on Mount Baldy – some near the ski lifts, others near Baldy Village, with those people provided shelter for the time being, Beckers said.

Two highways were shut down due to the conditions – the Ortega Highway connecting Riverside and Orange counties, as well as southbound lanes of I-15, authorities told ABC station KABC.

Isabel Castellanos said it was difficult to drive in the wintry conditions.

"It's really foggy, you can't see much, which I'm used to the fog because I'm from Fresno, but it's just a little different, haven't driven it in a while," she told KABC.