Crews rescue driver from mangled car

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EL CAJON, Calif. –  A three-vehicle pileup on state Route 125 near Navajo Road injured two women Monday and left one of them trapped in her crumpled car until emergency crews could free her, authorities reported.

The driver of a Hyundai rear-ended a stopped Toyota on the off-ramp at Grossmont College Drive, sending the car careening back onto the freeway where it was then struck by a Chevy Impala, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

The 49-year-old driver of the Chevy Impala was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.

The 23-year-old driver of the Toyota had to be rescued by firefighters from her mangled car. She was also taken to Sharp Memorial with moderate to major injuries.

The 25-year-old driver of the Hyundai was not injured in the crash.

Two lanes of the freeway were closed for about an hour and reopened around 10:30 a.m.

Authorities don’t think alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.