Highland Park Resident Survives Crash Off Side of Mountain

By EGP News Report

Two Los Angeles residents, one of them a 21-year-old Highland Park man, were recovering Tuesday after being ejected from their vehicle that plummeted approximately 450 feet off Angeles Crest Highway, north of Altadena.

Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies from the Crescenta Valley Station were flagged down on Tuesday at approximately 1:10am by a group of motorists who told them their friend’s black Honda had possibly gone over the side of the Angeles Crest highway, according to a press release.

Deputies searched the area and found the vehicle approximately 450 feet over the side of Angeles Crest Highway at mile marker 42 north of Greenridge Drive.

The driver was hanging on the side of the mountain, approximately 100-150 feet down, according to Sgt. Burton Brink.

Deputies slid down the hill and held on to him for 30-45 minutes to prevent his potentially fatal fall 400 feet down the mountain, the press release states. The driver was conscious but appeared to be in a delirious state of mind, deputies tried to keep him alert before search and rescue team members were able to rappel down and rescue them from the canyon, according to authorities.

The sole passenger crawled away from the scene and was able to reach safety at a nearby gas station.

The driver suffered head trauma and internal injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital around 3:15a.m.; the passenger was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for possible internal injuries.

A canister of gas, suspected as an engine booster associated with street racing, was recovered at the scene, CHP Officer Adam Eggleston said.

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