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July 8, 2010 (La Mesa) – A 74-year-old woman whose car crashed through a fence and tumbled 60 feet down an embankment on Aztec Drive in La Mesa has been rescued. Heartland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the accident at 12:30 p.m. and found the vehicle had landed in a drainage ditch. It took ten firefighters approximately half an hour to extricate the woman from the vehicle by removing the roof of the car.


The patient was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital. She was was wearing a seat belt, which contributed to the relatively minor injuries she sustained.


“The cause of the accident seemed to be a misjudgment of the driver’s ability to apply the brake” a press release issued by La Mesa Fire Department. “Witnesses stated they saw a flash of the brake lights and then an acceleration of the vehicle as it was attempting to park. The vehicle then crashed through a fence, rolled over one time, and landed up right between a drainage ditch and a wooden fence.”


La Mesa fire crews were assisted by a fire engine from El Cajon, which was stationed in La Mesa for the day as part of a personnel exchange program for Heartland Fire & Rescue. Heartland Fire & Rescue is a merger of three fire departments which include La Mesa, El Cajon, and Lemon Grove.