A 56-year-old woman was rescued this morning after her pickup truck plunged 300 feet down the side of a snow-covered embankment in the Angeles National Forest Sunday night.
Authorities have not released the victim’s name, but she has been identified by other media outlets as Tracy Granger.
Granger was reportedly driving from Pasadena to the Antelope Valley Sunday evening when she disappeared and was reported missing by family members.
“Ground crews had been out this morning looking for a missing person that was last heard from at 6:45 p.m. yesterday and was reportedly driving the mountain roads out to the Antelope Valley but never reached her destination last night,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrel Airhart.
Airhart said Monday morning around 9:20 a.m., ground crews found a spot on the Angeles Forest Highway near mile marker 10, where Granger’s white Ford Ranger pickup truck had gone over the side and tumbled 300 feet down a steep embankment. The rescue took about 30 minutes, he said.
“We lowered paramedics out of a helicopter down to the victim, they were able to secure the victim on a backboard and put her in a litter,” said Airhart. “We hoisted the victim in the litter and the paramedics back into the helicopter, and then we transported the victim to Huntington Memorial Hospital.”
Airhart said the woman is in critical condition with severe hypothermia, a major head injury and an altered level of consciousness.
He said the snowfall last night, combined with the treacherous mountain roads may have likely caused the accident.