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Car plummets down canyon after driver swerves to avoid hitting animal [Updated]

March 1, 2010 |  8:28 pm

L.A. county rescuers Monday evening were trying to reach two people in a vehicle that had plummeted down a steep ravine after swerving to avoid hitting an animal in the hills near Malibu, authorities said.

A fire engine at the scene off Stunt Road near Mulholland Highway reported that the vehicle was about 80 feet down a canyon with two victims inside, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The accident was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m.

The initial call reporting the accident indicated that the car had swerved to avoid an animal in the road.

"That's a steep area," said Fire Department Inspector Matt Levesque.

He said two specialized search and rescue units were responding.

[Updated 9:09 p.m.: Two people were pulled from the vehicle alive and were being taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not known, Levesque said.]

-- Robert J. Lopez