Emergency crews respond to an accident in Rancho Santa Margarita. Courtesy of OnScene.TV
Emergency crews respond to an accident in Rancho Santa Margarita. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

A driver in his mid-20s was critically injured Thursday night when the car he was driving went 60 feet down an embankment in Rancho Santa Margarita, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 7:35 p.m. on Antonio Parkway just south of Tijeras Creek, Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

Rescuers put the man, who was ejected from the vehicle, on a backboard, attached it to a rescue basket and used a system of ropes and pulleys to haul him back up the roadway, an effort that was assisted by Orange County sheriff’s deputies, Concialdi said.

The driver, who suffered a head injury, lacerations and “a decreased state of consciousness,” was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Concialdi said.

He was unable to tell investigators what happened.

A sheriff’s department helicopter crew searched the area to make sure no one else had been ejected in the crash, according to Concialdi.

The crash occurred about one mile north of the location of a two-vehicle crash that injured two women and two children a day earlier.

–City News Service

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