Wrong-Way Driver Crashes into 100-Foot Ravine on O.C. Toll Road
Around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011, a serious Orange County car crash on a Rancho Santa Margarita toll road occurred involving a 26-year-old driver, who is a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita.
According to California Highway Patrol, a male driver (whose name has not been released) drove his silver 2008 Toyota Camry into oncoming traffic on the 241 toll road. The driver was traveling south on the northbound side of the toll road between Los Alisos Boulevard and Santa Margarita Parkway. He did not hit any other cars, but rather crashed his car into a ravine.
Orange County fire officials indicated that the car rolled down a 100-foot embankment, and the driver of the car was seriously injured. A couple of residents and witnesses in the area attempted to hike down the ravine to help the victim. Once rescuers arrived on the scene, they had to cut the victim out of his car and airlift him to an area hospital.
The driver of the vehicle was flown in a helicopter to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo around 8:15 p.m. for medical treatment. Specific injuries are unknown, but the driver was critically injured in this O.C. crash.
The CHP are still investigating this crash to determine how the driver ended up on the wrong side of the toll road and down a ravine. It is unclear at this time if he lost control of his vehicle, swerved into oncoming lanes, or if alcohol was involved.