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Woman rescued after plunging off Angeles Forest Highway

March 26, 2012 | 10:44 am

Woman rescued after crash off Angeles Forest HIghway
A missing motorist who plunged 300 feet down a steep, snow-covered embankment of the Angeles Forest Highway was rescued late Sunday night.

The 56-year-old Juniper Hills woman left Pasadena driving a white 1999 Ford Ranger about 6:30 p.m. She was located on Angeles Forest Highway at mile marker 10.47.

The woman was rescued alive but she was severely hypothermic and in critical condition with head injuries after spending the night on the embankment.

Authorities said she drives weekly from Palmdale to Pasadena to visit her aunt and uncle, and her usual route is Angeles Crest Highway to Angeles Forest Highway.

She left her family's home near the Rose Bowl about 6:30 p.m. About 15 minutes later, she called her uncle to check on road conditions. Her uncle looked at the Caltrans web page and indicated that the road was open, but there were chain requirements in some places. When her aunt and uncle tried to call her back, there was no answer.

She was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Her identity had not been released.


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-- KTLA News

Photo: A woman was rescued alive but severely hypothermic and in critical condition after crashing off the Angeles Forest Highway Sunday evening. Credit: KTLA News