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UPDATE: Woman injured in SCV as car careens into ravine

Posted: June 9, 2014 3:06 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 6:05 p.m.

A woman was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Monday after her car went over a cliff on Vasquez Canyon Road and plunged to the bottom of a 125-foot ravine.

“We had a single vehicle that left the road on Vasquez Canyon and went over the side about 100 to 125 feet,” said Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Salhus.

Firefighters found a woman — the sole occupant — trapped inside a crumpled white car at the bottom of the ravine after the crash around 2:30 p.m., Salhus said.

Paramedics positioned themselves at a sharp bend along the road about two miles west of Sierra Highway as they prepared their rescue.

“We had a helicopter here that we were possibly going to use,” Salhus said. “However, we have high tension power lines in the area above the accident so we didn’t.

“She was trapped briefly and we used some extrication equipment and extricated her,” Salhus said.

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

At least six firefighters then carried the woman to the top of the hill as other firefighters helped by pulling 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 Newhall Hospital.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station closed traffic along Vasquez for about an hour as firefighters worked to free and rescue the woman.
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