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Motorist survives 100-foot plunge near Pyramid Lake

Posted: February 17, 2013 1:41 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 1:41 p.m.

A motorist walked away from a crash today after his van blew a tire on the freeway, then plunged 100 feet down a ravine, a fire official confirmed.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, motorists southbound on Interstate 5 called the California Highway Patrol to report a white van had gone over  the side of an embankment after blowing a tire near Smokey Bear Road, said a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters, paramedics and a rescue helicopter were dispatched.

Initial calls made to the CHP informed officers the van went into Pyramid Lake and that there was a person trapped inside the vehicle.

The helicopter was cancelled within a couple of minutes, however, when CHP officers arrived at the scene and found the driver of the van walking near his vehicle, CHP confirmed.

Paramedics took the man to a nearby hospital, the Fire Department spokeswoman said.

“No one was trapped and we transported one person to the hospital,” she said.

Parks Bureau deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to scour the lake when they also received reports of the van had gone into the lake, said Sgt. Roger Wallace.

“I had a lot of boats out to look,” he said.

In the end, CHP officers called for a tow truck with a 100 feet of cable to tow the van from the bottom of the ravine.


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