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4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Posted: June 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Firefighter paramedics place another woman on a stretcher after freeing her from a wrecked car following a three-vehicle accident in Stevenson Ranch Monday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure.

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Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a three-vehicle a crash just before noon in Stevenson Ranch. A woman was hospitalized after her car tumbled some 100-125 feet off Vasquez Canyon Road, and shortly after that a man was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a Santa Clarita city truck while riding a motorcycle.

In the first collision, a minivan, a Ford Mustang and a water truck collided in Stevenson Ranch shortly before noon outside the In-N-Out in the area known as “Hamburger Hill.”

“The call started out as a traffic collision with person trapped,” said fire Capt. Tom Richards.

Firefighters used hydraulic sheers to cut through metal to free a woman trapped in the Mustang, said photographer Rick McClure, who witnessed some of the rescue.

The woman and a second person, whose gender, age and identity were not disclosed, were taken in ambulances to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. A third person refused medical attention.

Around 2:30 p.m. a motorist heading westbound on Vasquez Canyon Road between Sierra Highway and Bouquet Canyon Road apparently lost control of her vehicle, crossed the road and careened off the edge into a ravine between the road and Mystery Mesa, a popular filming location. Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Salhus estimated the depth of the ravine at 100 to 125 feet.

Firefighters found a woman — the sole occupant — trapped inside a crumpled white car at the bottom of the ravine.

“She was trapped briefly,” Salhus said.

Using ropes, firefighters rappelled down the steep incline with a rescuebasket/stretcher, freed the woman from the vehicle and strapped her into the basket.

At least six firefighters then carried her to the top of the hill as other firefighters helped by pulling up the basket tied to ropes.

The victim, who appeared to be in her 20s, was reported to be in stable condition when she was transferred from the basket to a stretcher and taken to Henry Mayo.

About an hour later, at the intersection of Bouquet and Soledad Canyon Road, a motorcyclist was hit by a city maintenance truck and taken to the hospital with an apparent leg injury.

Aurion McPherson was at a gas station at the intersection when the collision occurred. She came to the aid of the motorcyclist until paramedics arrived.

“I said, ‘What hurts?’ and he said, ‘My foot,’ and he said his ankle was hurting a lot,” she said. “His eyes were starting to close but he was conscious. I was telling him to stay still.”

The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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