Helicopter ambulance lands on freeway to rescue crash victim

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – An accident victim was cut from the wreckage of his car and flown by helicopter to a local hospital early Thursday.

The driver crashed into a big rig on northbound Interstate 5 just south of the Harbor Drive exit to Camp Pendleton at about 1 a.m.

Rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to cut open the mangled car to get the driver out. A helicopter ambulance landed on the freeway and flew the victim to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.

All lanes of the freeway were reopened in time for the morning commute.

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