Car plunges 150’-175’ down embankment off San Joaquin Hills Road, driver airlifted out

The Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD), with assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), successfully rescued a driver whose vehicle ran off the road and down an embankment on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Avenue on Tuesday, April 16.

Newport Beach Police received a dispatch call at 9:17 a.m., alerting them that a vehicle had run off the side of the road. Fire crews arrived shortly thereafter and found the vehicle resting 150’-175’ down the embankment adjacent to the street.

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Photos courtesy of City of Newport Beach

NBFD prepares equipment to extract vehicle from side of hill

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Vehicle is barely visible through the weeds below, with firefighters (in yellow) on location to assist in recovery

NBFD crews were then assisted by OCFA personnel.

Additionally, an OCFA helicopter was used to extract the single occupant of the vehicle. The driver was airlifted out of the ravine and transported to a local trauma center.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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