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.

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