Driver becomes trapped when car smashes into tree

SAN DIEGO -- A car veered off a Rancho Bernardo street Friday afternoon and smashed into a pine tree, leaving the injured 30-year-old driver trapped in his wrecked vehicle until emergency crews could free him.

The accident occurred at Camino del Norte and Paseo Lucido shortly before 3 p.m., according to San Diego police. As the man crossed Camino Del Norte, he lost control of his car, drove up onto the center median and crashed into a tree.

It took firefighters about 50 minutes to get the motorist out of the crumpled blue two-door Hyundai sedan, Officer Tony Martinez said.

Medics took the driver, who was conscious during the ordeal, to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries to his hips and femur. His name was not released.

Friends have started a gofundme account to help with medical expenses.