A man suffered a serious head injury when he fell off a horse Sunday into the Tujunga Wash near the Foothill (210) Freeway in Shadow Hills, a fire official said.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 9:24 a.m. to the 11100 block of North Wheatland Avenue, parked on a nearby overpass above and used a litter basket to locate and assess the injured equestrian, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“The patient was safely extracted and transported to a nearby trauma center in serious condition with a head injury,” Prange said. “The lanes that were closed on the 210 during the litter basket operation are now open again.”

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