UPDATE 10:35 p.m. Wednesday: A UPS driver who became the object of an intense ground and air search after reportedly crashing his delivery van on Hunsaker Canyon Rd. in Lafayette Wednesday is believed to have made his way to the home of a colleague in Concord.
The unidentified driver is believed to be in phone contact with family and friends. It was not immediately known how he made his way from the crash site in Lafayette to the apartment of a fellow driver in Concord.
Police are hoping to talk with the man later this evening.
A Contra Costa County Sheriff’s helicopter and ground units are searching for a UPS driver reportedly ejected after his truck hit a tree in the 1900 block of Hunsaker Canyon Rd. in Lafayette Wednesday.
The rescue effort was mounted shortly after emergency services received a call for help from the driver who said he was using his failing cell phone to summon assistance. He told dispatchers he was making his rounds when he hit a tree and was ejected from his truck, falling some 60′ down an embankment in the steep terrain.
Searchers and Sheriff’s helicopter STARR3 combed the area without success for about an hour and ground crews, including a specially trained mountain rescue unit, remain on the scene at 8:08 p.m. The man’s delivery van was located and removed from where it had come to rest against a tree well off Hunsaker Canyon road.
The search effort, for a driver described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, is currently underway. The police helicopter orbiting the area for much of the evening has pulled away, but it was believed that rescuers were using drones to overfly the area in search of the missing driver.
Motorists may want to avoid using Hunsaker Canyon this evening as the road is narrow and emergency vehicles are trying to navigate.