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Driver trapped in big rig that fell down embankment in Rolling Hills Estates [Updated]

January 8, 2010 |  9:36 am

Los Angeles County firefighters are trying to extricate a truck driver who is trapped in a big rig that toppled down an embankment in Rolling Hills Estates, authorities said.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m.: The male trucker was rescued from the big rig about 10 a.m., said a spokesperson for the L.A. County Fire Department. His condition was unclear.]

The big rig missed the shoulder about 8 a.m. and fell about 50 feet down an embankment near Hawthorne Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North, said Capt. Sam Padilla of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A person trapped inside the truck is injured, but authorities do not know to what extent, Padilla said. About five gallons of diesel fuel is spilling out of the rig, but there is no danger to the public, Padilla said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

Photo: Los Angeles County firefighters carry a truck driver who was trapped in a big rig that toppled down the side of an embankment in Rolling Hills Estates this morning. Credit: Christina House/ For The Times

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