🗳️ 2018 Primary Election Guide

Driver becomes trapped when car smashes into tree

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.