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UPDATE: Harrowing rescue frees woman from crashed truck

Posted: December 23, 2013 9:01 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2013 5:47 p.m.
 

SANTA CLARITA - A big rig driver was trapped inside the truck when it crashed through a guardrail, flipped onto its side and was left dangling over a 300-foot-deep ravine early Monday near Castaic.

California Highway Patrol officers received a report about 5:30 a.m. that a big rig traveling northbound on Interstate 5 crashed through the guardrail just south of Pepper Tree Road about three miles north of Lake Hughes Road.

Reports indicated the woman driving the truck was “hysterical” and “freaking out” because the only thing keeping the big rig from plunging down the ravine was the damaged guardrail.

“The vehicle was on its side,” a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said early in the rescue effort. “Firefighters are trying to remove the windshield to free the woman.”

Shortly before 6 a.m., the driver was extracted from the truck and paramedics transported her to the hospital, the spokeswoman said.

CHP officers investigating the crash are looking into reports the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Three of the four lanes were shut down as emergency crews worked to free her and remove the truck.

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