Sheriff’s officials rescued two 18-year-old women and airlifted them to the hospital after their Nissan Rogue went over the side of a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest on Thursday evening.
The incident occurred about 4:25 p.m. along Glendora Mountain Road near mile marker 7, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.
The driver, a La Puente resident, made an unsafe turn that caused the car to careen off the road and smash into the mountainside below, officials said.
The driver suffered major injuries, included a fractured leg and pain in her legs and hips, while the passenger sustained minor injuries.
A sheriff’s helicopter aided in a rescue mission for the vehicle’s occupants, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau.
The sheriff’s tweet stated the vehicle was 300 feet down from the road; CHP’s log said it was 100 feet down.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed the sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 helicopter apparently airlifting a patient. A man in cycling clothes appeared to be assisting rescuers.
The two women were taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Sky5 video showed.
The curving two-lane roadway, popular with bicyclists and motorcyclists, is north of Glendora in the San Gabriel Mountains.