German and Australian tourists collide on Highway 1
August 4, 2016
Two white Jeep SUVs — one carrying four German tourists and one carrying an Australian couple — collided on Highway 1 at the south end of San Simeon Wednesday afternoon. All four Germans went to the hospital on what was supposed to be the final day of their trip. [Tribune]
The collision occurred around 1:15 p.m. when the Australian couple tried to make a left turn onto Vista Del Mar Avenue, turned into oncoming traffic, and their Jeep collided with the Germans’ jeep.
Following the collision, the Australians’ jeep spun around and rolled forward. The front end of the Jeep sustained significant damage.
The other Jeep sustained heavy damage to its left side. Also, a portion of the bumper came off the vehicle, and the rest of the bumper was hanging of the right side of the Jeep.
Two of the Germans suffered moderate injuries and two suffered minor injuries. The group of Germans consisted of two adults and two children. They were due to fly back to Germany on Thursday.
The Australian couple, a 42-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, declined medical treatment.
Traffic on Highway 1 slowed for about an hour, primarily on the southbound side, as workers cleared debris from the road.