Driver survives plunge down 70-foot embankment

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A man was seriously injured Monday morning after crashing into a fire hydrant and flying down a ravine in San Marcos, sheriff’s deputies said.

The driver lost control and slammed into the hydrant at South Twin Oaks Valley Road just south of Cal State San Marcos around 2:19 Monday morning, deputies said. The car then careened down a 70-foot embankment before coming to a stop in some brush. The man was seriously hurt after the car plowed through a guard rail, a piece of which punctured one of his legs.

The force of the crash caused a geyser to gush from the hydrant.

Firefighters used the jaws of life to rescue the man from the car, which took about 20 minutes. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center with serious injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to San Diego Sheriff Lt. Walker.