Man Struck by Tour Bus in Malibu Canyon

Last weekend, a series of collisions closed lanes on Malibu Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Around 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, multiple agencies responded to reports of a vehicle collision on Malibu Canyon Road, approximately one-half of a mile south of the tunnel.

The driver of the vehicle, Silviano Gonzalez Ramirez, lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a guardrail and managed to exit his silver SUV as it dangled on the cliff. 

Upon exiting the vehicle, Ramirez “subsequently stepped in front of and was struck by a tour bus traveling northbound on Malibu Canyon Road,” according to a release from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). 

Deputies with the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station were on scene with CHP as Ramirez remained conscious and breathing, according to reports from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

“Mr. Ramirez was transported by a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he is being treated for major injuries and being psychologically evaluated,” according to a release from CHP.

Traffic through the canyon alternated in the southbound lane as authorities investigated the scene of the collision before reopening the road after 6 p.m.

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station Facebook page shared a few photos and brief report of the collision, which has accumulated more than 4,000 “reactions,” 2,000 comments and 8,000 shares online.

“This is another reminder of the need to drive safely through the canyons of our beautiful area and to use extreme caution at the scene of a traffic collision,” the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station wrote in the Facebook post. 

The incident is still under investigation through CHP.

 Pacific Coast Highway collisions

As deputies responded to the Malibu Canyon incident, a three-vehicle collision was reported on Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way around 5:40 p.m.

The Webb Way collision closed the No. 2 lane of PCH for nearly an hour before deputies reopened the highway. No further information regarding injuries was reported.

At approximately 6:25 p.m., deputies responded to a golf cart collision in Paradise Cove involving three juveniles. 

The juveniles’ parents arrived on scene and only minor injuries were reported.  

Roughly three hours later, eastbound lanes of PCH were closed by the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station due to another vehicle collision, this time by the Malibu Pier.

“Deputies responded to a traffic collision on Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Pier. Eastbound traffic is currently closed west of the pier,” the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station wrote in a PCH Task Force email sent at 9:20 p.m.

Within an hour, all lanes were reopened.

A three-vehicle collision stopped traffic in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 3, near Sweetwater Mesa Road, where one person suffered minor injuries, according to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

Minutes later, and roughly half of a mile west of the Sweetwater Mesa collision, authorities responded to the scene of a multi-vehicle collision near Colony House Liquors on PCH.

One westbound lane of PCH was closed and traffic was affected in both directions as officials investigated the collisions and attended to injured victims.

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