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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. 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.
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.
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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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