California Highway Patrol officers responded to a fatal single-vehicle collision Wednesday, after a 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck veered off Highway 14 and rolled down an embankment.
The driver, a 38-year-old man from Lancaster, was unrestrained, according to the CHP report, and died after injuries he sustained when he was thrown from the vehicle. His passenger, a 26-year-old Northridge woman, suffered moderate injuries and was able to self-extricate from the vehicle before being transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
CHP and paramedics responded to reports of a vehicle rollover on the 8100 block of Escondido Canyon Road in Acton, according to Supervising Dispatcher Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The department responded to a report of a vehicle rollover, which resulted in the vehicle going down an embankment on the southbound side of Highway 14, according to spokesman Jonathan Matheny. The car was traveling northbound when it left the road and struck a guardrail, according to a CHP report.
A helicopter was en route around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to transport the motorists to a local trauma center, but the air evacuation was later canceled.
California Highway Patrol officers responded shortly after 4:10 p.m., according to Officer Stephan Brandt.
“The person who called (the crash) in said the truck may have come off the road into their backyard,” he said.
This story was updated Wednesday, July 21, at 10 p.m.