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Man badly injured in SUV accident

Submitted photo/Boyd JohnsonEmergency personnel extricate a man from his vehicle, which went over an embankment on the San Juan Ridge and fell 70 feet Saturday.
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A man was seriously injured after driving his SUV over an embankment on the San Juan Ridge early Saturday, falling 70 feet, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol officers did not release the man’s name Sunday.

“He was pretty messed up,” patrol officer Randall Corbett said.



The man was driving a 1985 Chevy Blazer south on Pleasant Valley Road around 7 a.m. when he went over an embankment near Buttermilk Bend. The SUV plunged 70 feet until a tree stopped its descent.

“He sailed through the air,” North San Juan Fire Chief Boyd Johnson said.




Penn Valley and North San Juan firefighters, a Penn Valley ambulance and a CALSTAR helicopter responded around 9:30 a.m. when a passing motorist noticed the man’s car in the ravine.

The man had to be extricated and hauled back to the road, where he was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center at 11 a.m.


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