A man who was believed to be trapped in his car for two days after he went off the side of the road was rescued Wednesday near Mount Baldy, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A man who was believed to be trapped in his car for two days after he went off the side of the road was rescued Wednesday near Mount Baldy. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A desperate driver with a broken leg was rescued Wednesday after he was trapped in his wrecked car for two days in a freezing, snowy area near Mount Baldy, authorities said.

Firefighters had a tough time bringing the man up the side of a cliff to a waiting helicopter in the darkness before dawn. The victim had been unable to get out of his vehicle’s wreckage after driving off the side of a road and careening down about 75 feet.

After a weekend snowstorm, temperatures at Mount Baldy were in the mid-20s during the day and mid-teens during overnight hours during the past few days.

The California Highway Patrol called the Los Angeles County Fire Department about 2:55 a.m. about a vehicle that appeared to have fallen off the road below Mount Baldy Road near the Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail.

The man inside the vehicle was found alive but with a broken leg, said county fire Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman.

The man was carried up the mountain and transported by helicopter to a hospital. His condition was not immediately reported. There was no word of the cause of the incident, nor if the victim suffered any weather-related injuries.

—City News Service

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