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Motorist Rescued After Vehicle Tumbles Off Mulholland Drive

The vehicle tumbles about 100 feet down an embankment from Coldwater Canyon Avenue in the Sherman Oaks/Studio City area.

A motorist survived a crash today in which his vehicle tumbled about 100 feet down an embankment from Coldwater Canyon Avenue in the Sherman Oaks/Studio City area.

Firefighters sent to the area of Mulholland Drive shortly before 1 p.m. brought the man to safety, and paramedics transported him for hospital treatment in fair condition, said Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The motorist's name was not released.

A police officer on scene said the air bags in the 1990s era Toyota Corolla deployed.

Irene DeBlasio April 04, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I lived at a house on Hidden Valley Place - about 100 feet under Mulholland Drive near Bowmont. Cars would tumble off the road on a regular basis. I would run out my kitchen door, climb the hillside, help the wounded driver down and into my kitchen, clean up their wounds and drive them home. Later in the day a tow truck would arrive to pick up the damaged vehicle. This happened about 30 times. I asked the road 'experts', the city, you-name-it, to put up guard rails. They declined saying that drivers would get a false sense of security and drive faster. They finally put up tiny reflectors -- I'm talking tiny. And so, in the middle of a dinner party my daughter announced, 'Another car just tumbled down the hill'. My guests got a first-hand look. They helped the young man into my kitchen, we cleaned him up and drove him back to Van Nuys. The dinner ended later than usual but they still talk about it to this day. Guard rails? Nah...

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