Photo via OCFA Twitter (@OCFA_PIO).
Photo via OCFA Twitter (@OCFA_PIO).

A woman whose car tumbled down an embankment off the 241 Toll Road was pulled from the wreckage Thursday and airlifted to a hospital, as many as 14 hours after she originally crashed.

Authorities were notified about the crash shortly after 8:30 a.m. by the victim’s husband, who received a call from his wife saying her Acura had gone off the roadway and rolled down a hillside, leaving her stuck inside, but she was unsure where she was.

Initial reports indicated she was rescued about two hours after the crash, but updated information from authorities showed the crash may have happened up to about 14 hours before she was found. The search itself apparently took two hours.

California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada said authorities found the car around 10:30 a.m. and fire officials were dispatched to the scene. Quesada said the woman’s cell phone had been “pinging” in the vicinity of the Santa Ana (5) and Laguna (133) freeways, but her phone had died by the time CHP crews started looking for her.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said the vehicle was found about 175 yards down a canyon.

Although it’s unclear exactly when the crash occurred, authorities said they believed the woman may have been stuck in the vehicle for as long as 14 hours.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was driving from somewhere in Riverside County to Orange County when she crashed. She was airlifted to a hospital.

“I don’t believe any of her injuries are considered life-threatening,” Kurtz said.

— Staff and wire reports 

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