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Crash victim gets some helping hands

Posted: May 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Emergency responders survey the crash site after a truck crashed on an embankment off Highway 14 at Newhall Avenue on Thursday, trapping a man inside. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure.

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

At 3:20 p.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol officers responded to the southbound lanes of freeway near the Newhall Avenue off ramp for reports of a single-vehicle rollover crash that left the driver trapped.

“We got the call as a traffic collision with a person trapped,” said Inspector Anthony Akins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“There were 911 reports of a rollover with one party trapped,” he said.

At least 10 people were holding the pickup truck in an effort to keep it from rolling any further down an 30-foot embankment at the side of the freeway, a CHP Officer said.

At 3:38 p.m., firefighters were able to free the man from his truck, Akins said.

“One person was taken to an area hospital,” he said.

CHP officers closed the southbound Highway 14 on-ramp at Newhall Avenue.

All traffic lanes were re-opened shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
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