Caltrans Truck Driver Rescued After 100-Foot Fall Down Embankment

The man was extricated from the truck, placed in a basket and then lifted to a trauma center.

Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:14 PM PDT
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San Jose firefighters have rescued a Caltrans delivery truck driver who went off Mt. Hamilton Road and fell down a 100-foot embankment Friday afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.

The male driver may have had chest pains when he lost control and veered off the road six miles up on Mt. Hamilton Road from Alum Rock at about 2:10 p.m., a dispatcher said.

A fire rescue response team responded to help hoist the man up the hill.

San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said the man was extricated from the truck, placed in a basket and then lifted with ropes.

The rescue was complicated due to the steep embankment, she said.

His truck will be towed Saturday morning.

At about 4:25 p.m., the man was airlifted to a trauma center. He has significant injuries from driving down the cliff, said Gutierrez.

The man was the only occupant in the truck.

The California Highway Patrol also responded to assist.

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