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UPDATE: Rollover crash in Canyon Country leaves driver injured

Posted: December 18, 2012 12:20 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 6:37 p.m.

Firefighters work the scene of a single-car crash on Camelot Court near Shangri-La Drive in Canyon Country on Tuesday morning. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

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A car crashed through a fence and plunged down a 50-foot embankment Tuesday in Canyon Country, rolling over and injuring its driver who was trapped inside, officials said.

The driver, a man believed to be 20 years old, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, according to a witness the rescue.

Shortly after 10 a.m., his blue Ford Explorer SUV traveling on Shangri-la Drive crashed through a white fence and went down a hill, coming to rest on a driveway off Camelot Court, sheriff’s and Fire Department officials said.

“Someone did go to the hospital,” said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

No one else was injured in the single-vehicle crash just west and north of Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.
Los Angeles County firefighters used hydraulic sheers to free the trapped motorist, a Fire Department spokesman said.

“We had one report of one car down an embankment,” the spokesman said.

“It crashed near residences — a one-vehicle rollover onto a resident’s (common) driveway — with one person trapped,” he said.

The car flipped onto the driver’s side, pinning the driver to the bottom of the overturned vehicle.

“It landed on its driver’s side,” said photographer Rick McClure, who witnessed the rescue by firefighters.

“(The driver) was inside, up against the ground,” McClure said. “It took 35 minutes for firefighters to remove the (vehicle’s) top.”





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