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Oceanside Firefighters and Police officers use a rope and pulley system to lift driver to roadway. Photo: Steve Marcotte/OsideNews

Driver Airlifted After SUV Tumbles Down Embankment on SR-76

Oceanside CA— At 8:30 this evening, September 14, 2015, units from the Oceanside Police and Fire Department were alerted to a roll-over accident on Highway 76 in the vicinity of Douglas Drive. Police and fire units arrived in the area four minutes later, but were unable to locate any accident.

All of the responding units were assigned areas to search along Highway 76 and along Mission Avenue in case the vehicle had left the roadway. After searching for approximately six minutes, officers and firefighters spotted an SUV approximately 30 feet over the side of the roadway on the eastbound side of the 76, just east of the El Camino Real overpass.

Firefighters bring the victim up to the roadway.(photo: courtesy Oceanside Fire Department)- click on image to enlarge photo

Firefighters bring the victim up to the roadway.(photo: courtesy Oceanside Fire Department)- click on image to enlarge photo

Firefighters went over the side and investigated, finding a male in his 50’s (solo driver) trapped in the vehicle with moderate injuries. Because the vehicle was on a slope, firefighters had to stabilize it with shoring before they were able to access the patient. Additionally, in order to provide a safe corridor to both get rescuers to the patient and to bring him safely back up, crews had to cut and remove the heavy brush from the steep embankment.

After the patient was extricated from the vehicle, he was placed in a basket stretcher and attached to a lifeline hooked to the Ladder truck parked on Highway 76. Firefighters and police officers used a rope and pulley system to pull the victim and attached rescuers back to the roadway.

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Firefighters had to clear dense vegetation in order to get the victim to the roadway. Photo: Steve Marcotte/OsideNews

An Oceanside Fire Department paramedic ambulance transported the driver to Oceanside Airport where a REACH air ambulance took him the rest of the way to Scripps La Jolla hospital.

The total time from fire department arrival to the victim being brought back up to the roadway was 21 minutes. Two engines, one ladder truck, a squad, an ambulance and a Battalion Chief responded, bringing a total of 14 firefighters to the scene.

Accident on Douglas Dr. at Westport Dr.

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A little over an hour prior to the above incident, at 7:15pm, the driver of a 2015 GMC Pick-up received minor injuries after his truck, traveling southbound on Douglas was broadsided by a compact vehicle at the intersection of Westport Dr. and Douglas Dr.

The force of the impact on the truck, with just over 5,000 miles on it, was enough to shear the rear wheels off the truck where one ended up half a block away from the incident.

There were no injuries to the people in the compact car. The accident is under investigation by the Oceanside Police Department

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