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Two Rescued After Vehicle Plummets Down Hill Into Canyon

Cabrillo National Monument

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On the morning of Monday, October 12th, a park employee saw a driver lose control of his Chevy S-10 and go over a canyon edge. He was pulling into a space in the parking lot when he inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The S-10 went over a sidewalk and down a 550-foot hill into a canyon. Although it stayed upright most of the way, it overturned just before reaching the bottom and ended up on its roof. The 91-year-old driver was airlifted out with a cervical spine fracture; his 77-year-old passenger was brought up the hill on a stretcher with pain to his chest and minor lacerations. It took more than four hours to pull the vehicle back up out of the canyon, following the same path to reduce resource damage.



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