Big rig falls down embankment near Borrego Springs: 1 child injured
Last Updated: 44 days ago
BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. - A trucker and his toddler son were injured early Tuesday when the tractor-trailer they were in veered off a winding desert highway near Borrego Springs and plunged about 100 yards down a steep embankment, authorities reported.
The driver, a 28-year-old Coachella resident, lost control of the 2004 Freightliner big rig while heading east on Montezuma Valley Road in the Ranchita area about 6:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The vehicle, which was hauling a trailer full of wood chips, toppled over, broke through a metal guardrail and went down the roadside slope, CHP public affairs Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.
Emergency crews made their way down to the driver, who had suffered leg and back injuries, and the 18-month-old boy, whose left leg was broken, put them in litters and carried them back up to the road.
A CHP helicopter crew then flew them to Borrego Springs Airport, where an air ambulance picked them up for transport to Riverside General Hospital, Pearlstein said.
A stretch of the highway was closed into the early afternoon as personnel used two large tow trucks to haul the damaged truck back up the embankment.
The cause of the accident was under investigation, though intoxication apparently was not a factor, according to Pearlstein.
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