Vehicle Plunges 700 Feet Off Ortega Highway

One person was in the vehicle.

A vehicle that went over the side of the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore Friday night required a rescue effort that lasted into the early morning, a spokeswoman from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is reporting.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday, a vehicle careened nearly 700 feet off the winding road near the Lookout Roadhouse, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson reported.

One person was in the vehicle, Hendrickson said.

At 2:12 a.m., the spokeswoman reported the rescue effort by Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department was complete and the driver was being transported to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.

At press time, the driver’s identity has not been released by authorities.

According to Hendrickson, westbound lanes on the Ortega were closed for a period while first responders conducted rescue efforts.

Kelly October 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I totally agree with you Gavin Barr, more people need to use the turnouts on Ortega. When I started driving Ortega, I used the turnouts all the time, now there is no need for me to use them, but I am still safe. As far as the still lit cigarettes, those people should be turned in if at all possible. Are they really that stupid to think that nothing is going to happen if they throw them out the window??? Wake up you idiots!!! Ortega is a beautiful road, RESPECT IT...
Stacie Arrigo October 21, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Completely agree with you!!! I commute on the Ortega 5 days a week. Nothing worse than a inconsiderate driver determining for the rest of how fast we can go!!!!
Stacie Arrigo October 21, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Actually you do by law. You can be cited for going to slow also. The speed limit on the Ortega is 55mph, not 35 mph. Those drivers that actually drive At the slower speeds are the truly dangerous drivers.
Cath October 21, 2012 at 07:32 AM
I was 2 cars behind this driver and they were totally impaired. This could have been so much worse. They kept drifting off the edge of the road and into the oncoming lane. We kept waiting for a head-on collision and they just went straight instead of making the turn just before the lookout and launched. Luckily they didn't plow into the lookout where there were so many people or for that matter didn't create a head on collision & hurt innocent people. Thank goodness they are ok too. It was a very scary site to see.
Mozzie October 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I wonder if anyone called 911 before the accident? I also wonder if it would have made any difference other than having the FD ready to respond.


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