'Immobilized' Pickup Truck Driver Rescued 5 Days After Car Found at Bottom of 100-Foot Ravine

Authorities said the driver had been trapped inside the car since Tuesday

<p>Kern County Fire Department/Twitter</p>

Kern County Fire Department/Twitter

An injured pickup truck driver was rescued nearly five days after his car was found at the bottom of a 100-foot ravine in Southern California on Saturday, authorities said.

The Kern County Fire Department said rescue crews responded after receiving a report just before 11 a.m. of a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine off Comanche Point Road between Arvin and Stallion Springs.

"When KCFD Engine 48 and Patrol 48 arrived on scene they found a badly damaged pickup truck and one occupant at the bottom of a [100-foot] cliff," the department said.

A firefighter was lowered by rope into the ravine to check on the crash and found the driver "immobilized" and trapped there since the wreck on Tuesday, per KCFD.

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It wasn't immediately clear what led to the crash. The victim's identity has not been released at this time.

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Rescue crews then worked to bring the man out of the ravine.

"Three more firefighters were then lowered, by a team of firefighters and equipment from KCFD's USAR 47, to secure the patient in a stokes basket before raising the patient to safety," the department said.

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Video of the rescue shows firefighters bringing the driver up the ravine and to safety, according to the department's Instagram.

The department said the motorist was taken by ambulance to a landing zone and then airlifted to a nearby hospital.

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The rescue involved a total of 21 people, including four engines, six patrols, and one urban search and rescue team.

The extent of his injuries and his condition remain unclear.

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