SAN DIEGO – Firefighters spent nearly an hour Wednesday morning freeing a badly injured man from the crumpled cab of the delivery truck where he was trapped following a freeway crash in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area, authorities said.
Few details of the accident were immediately available, though it was reported at 5:21 a.m. on northbound I-15 near the Carmel Mountain Road offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.
About half a dozen fire engines, trucks, ambulances and medical rescue specialist teams were dispatched to the crash scene, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue incident log. Once there, they found a man who appeared to be in his 30s trapped inside the crumpled cab of a Sadie Rose Baking Company delivery truck.
News cameras on the scene captured most of the rescue as firefighters used saws and other power tools to free the man, who was pulled from the badly damaged cab just before 6:20 a.m. The injured driver was conscious and alert as rescuers loaded him onto a stretcher wearing a neck brace. A firefighter told a dispatcher that the victim sustained severe injuries to both legs.
The two left lanes of northbound I-15 were blocked during the rescue, and Caltrans issued a SigAlert for the Carmel Mountain Ranch area. The double lane closure remained in place as of 6:30, but it wasn’t clear how long the lanes would remained blocked.