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Ortega Highway Rollover Prompts Dramatic Rescue

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Orange County firefighters worked for an hour to save a woman whose car rolled down a steep embankment.

For unknown reasons, her veered off the road and rolled 20 feet down a steep embankment off Ortega Highway, trapping the woman inside. The wreck happened west of the US Forest Service Fire Station at 35505 Ortega Highway.

"She went about 20 feet below the road and sustained shoulder injuries, minor head injuries and abrasions," he said. "Fortunately, she was wearing her seat belt or she would have been more seriously injured."

Firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority worked for an hour stabilize the car in order to use the jaws of life to pull the woman to safety.

The victim, who is in her mid-30s, was flown by helicopter to Mission Hospital in moderate condition, Concialdi said.