Driver Rescued After Crash Down Rocky Embankment

The car rolled about 400 feet down a rugged embankment before stopping in a tree near power lines

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014  |  Updated 11:38 AM PDT
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Fire-rescue crews secure a vehicle during a rescue operation in the Santiago Canyon area. Raw video from Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.

Fire-rescue crews secure a vehicle during a rescue operation in the Santiago Canyon area. Raw video from Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.

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A driver was rescued from the wreckage of a crumpled car Wednesday morning after she crashed about 400 feet down a rugged embankment and smashed into a tree near power lines off an Orange County toll road.

Fire-rescue crews stabilized the car with a heavy duty tow strap and extricated the driver after the crash off Route 241 in the Santiago Canyon area, about 15 miles southeast of Anaheim. The 39-year-old driver was trapped in the vehicle for at least one hour.

A witness told the authorities the vehicle went over the side of the State Route 241 toll road, just north of Route 261 and before a towering overpass. The vehicle rolled to a stop in tree branches before fire-rescue crew members arrived to secure the car by wrapping the tow strap around its undercarriage and attaching the other end of the strap to a tree above the crash site.

Aerial video showed fire-rescue crew members carrying the victim on a stretcher from a rocky embankment below the overpass. Details regarding the woman's condition were not immediately available, but officials with the Orange County Fire Authority described her injuries as moderate.

Socal Edition workers also responded to the site to help rescuers as they worked near power lines.

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