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UPDATE: Man survives plunge down 200-foot ravine

Sand Canyon Road site is near scene of fatal crash earlier this year

Posted: February 12, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 6:33 p.m.

A 57-year-old man is hoisted by a Los Angeles County firefighter-paramedic into a helicopter to be transported to a hospital after he was rescued from his vehicle off Sand Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest on Tuesday. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

A man survived after his car plunged more than 200 feet down a ravine off Sand Canyon Road he spent 24 hours hanging upside down inside the vehicle, where he was discovered Tuesday.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the California Highway Patrol received reports of a car seen at the bottom of a cliff on Sand Canyon Road at the Santa Clara Truck Trail, a CHP officer said.

“He was coming up the road and overshot it and went down the ravine yesterday (Monday),” said Battalion Chief Randy Alva of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who said the car was spotted about 24 hours later.

“He did tumble and he was upside down in the car,” he said. “He was strapped inside the (overturned) car.”

Firefighters used “pry bars and muscle power” to free the man, whose identity was not released, Alva said. He was described only as 57 years old.

The battalion chief the man had no apparent injuries.

“He wasn’t complaining of anything, but after going over a cliff, down 200 feet and being upside down for 24 hours, that’s not something we want to neglect,” he said.

At 4:18 p.m. Tuesday, paramedics aboard a rescue helicopter were dispatched to the crash site, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

They were hovering over the scene at 4:21 p.m., he said.

Once they were in place, helicopter personnel lowered a paramedic in a harness to the crash.

“We did have a medic dropped in to the scene,” the Fire Department spokesman said.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was cut free from the wreckage, he said.

Paramedics placed the survivor in a rescue basket and hoisted him into the helicopter, said Inspector Tony Imbrenda. He was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Alva said.

Emergency crews converged on the same stretch of rugged, hilly section of Sand Canyon Road near Little Tujunga Canyon Road on Jan. 9, when Canyon Country resident Sarah Alarid’s silver-colored, four-door 2002 Ford Focus was spotted from the air.

Alarid, who had been missing since New Year’s Day, was found dead near her car at the bottom of the ravine.
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