Woman airlifted to hospital after truck plunges 50 feet

  A woman was injured and airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Thursday morning after her truck left the freeway in a Grapevine crash, plunging down a 50-foot embankment. Officers with the California Highway Patrol shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 5 just north of Templin Highway to allow a rescue helicopter to land and take the injured woman to the hospital. The crash happened shortly after 7:15 a.m. Thursday when a Burgundy-colored Dodge Ram truck when over the side. “The call came in as a person trapped in a vehicle off the northbound lanes of I-5,” Vanessa Lozano, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. “The vehicle went down about 30 feet,” she said, a distance updated to 50 feet later in the rescue. “The person was found breathing and conscious but not trapped,” Lozano said. Shortly after 7:40 a.m., rescue helicopter #16 was en route to the crash. At 7:45 a.m., CHP officers shut down the northbound lanes, allowing the chopper to land. At 8:04 a.m., the helicopter was on its way to the hospital, Lozano said. CHP investigators are looking into reports the Dodge driver hit debris described as a tire or tire tread on the freeway. [email protected] 661-287-5527 on Twitter @jamesarthurholt