UPDATE: Driver Trapped As SUV Veers Off 15 Freeway

The driver has been transported to an area hospital; one firefighter also sustained injuries during the rescue.

UPDATE at 8:19 a.m.: The driver  who became trapped after veering off the 15 Freeway at the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar line has been rescued by firefighters.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was extricated from an SUV at approximately 7:48 a.m. Tuesday and transported to an area hospital via ground ambulance with minor to moderate injuries, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

During the rescue, one firefighter sustained minor injuries and is being transported to a hospital, Hagemann stated.

ORIGINAL POST: Firefighters are on scene of a solo-vehicle crash near the Wildomar/Lake Elsinore line, working to free a driver who became trapped.

The incident was reported just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann, the motorist driving an SUV was traveling south on the 15 Freeway, south of Railroad Canyon Road, and left the roadway for unknown reasons.

“The vehicle is approximately 30 feet over the embankment with the driver trapped,” Hagemann reported.

The SUV landed near Elberta Road, according to Hagemann’s report, which is in Wildomar.


Check back for updates.

Toni McAllister January 15, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Yes, there were unconfirmed reports that the SUV was swerving just prior to leaving the freeway. If anything comes of the allegation, I will post a confirmation.
Tobias January 15, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I saw this accident this morning, it looked pretty bad but the guy was very lucky. He was talking to firefighters and could have been in much worse condition considering how badly damaged his car was.
Tobias January 15, 2013 at 07:18 PM
There is a picture of the crash here: http://www.swrnn.com/2013/01/15/man-seriously-injured-in-rollover-crash-near-lake-elsinore/ This guy is seriously very lucky!
sally-mander January 19, 2013 at 05:02 AM
That guy is my nephew William Toro (21) of San Dimas he was on his way to work and he swerved to miss boxxes flying at him and went down the enbankment on STAR wwoke him and he was rushed to emergency with his vertabrae sticking out of his neck and broken in 3 places Inland Valley Hospital did laser surgery and did a fantastic job as all of the fireman police ambulance emt and nurses and doctors and he left out of the hospital Thursday and looks like his recovery will b about 3 months! THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HELPED THOUGHT I WOULD LET OUT SOME GOOD NEWS!
Ray Hayashi January 23, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Good news


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