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Man trapped overnight in ravine after car plunges into San Gabriel Canyon is rescued

January 4, 2011 | 11:53 am


A 49-year old-man trapped in his wrecked car overnight after he plunged 150 feet down a ravine in the Angeles National Forest was rescued Tuesday.

At least 40 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were involved in the rescue effort, officials said.

163141.ME.0104.rescue.01.AJS Officials were unaware the man was in the steep ravine until about 10 a.m. Tuesday when a California Highway Patrol officer noticed tire tracks that went off San Gabriel Canyon Road near mile-marker 20, said L.A. County Fire inspector Matt Levesque.

After a helicopter search, authorities located the vehicle 150 feet down an embankment and sent search crews down, Levesque said.

They found a man inside complaining of chest and back pain and "he told them he had been in the vehicle since yesterday at 4 p.m.," Levesque said.

About 40 county firefighting personnel, including camp crews and a search-and-rescue team, were involved in securing the man and getting him up the mountainside.


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Photos: Tow-truck operators Javier Salas, left, and Ben Phillips guide the retrieval of a Toyota Corolla driven by a 49-year-old man who was trapped in the car overnight after plunging 150 feet down a ravine in the Angeles National Forest. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times