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Big-rig driver survives 50-foot plunge

A big rig driver survived a 50-foot plunge down the side of an embankment in Rolling Hills Estates on Friday.

January 8, 2010 12:29:35 AM PST
A big-rig driver survived a 50-foot plunge down the side of an embankment in Rolling Hills Estates on Friday. Authorities arrived at the wreckage near Hawthorne Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North shortly after 8 a.m. Adding to the danger, about 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as a result of the crash.

Crews finally managed to free the driver and get him up to the street shortly before 10 a.m. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and officials said he was conscious and speaking as he was taken away.

The exact cause of the crash is unknown.


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