Driver plunges off road near Idyllwild

Accident closes southbound side of Hwy 243

IDYLLWILD, Calif. - A motorist was injured today when her car went off the
road and plunged down a 100-foot embankment near Idyllwild.

The accident happened about 8:45 a.m. on state Route 243, near Stonewood
Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The unidentified driver was southbound on 243 when she apparently lost
control of the car, which veered off the highway.

She was able to get out of her vehicle after it came to rest. However, because of an unspecified injury,the woman was unable to climb back up to the roadway, according to the CHP.

A Riverside County fire crew got her into an ambulance, which
transported her to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for

As of 11 a.m., the southbound side of the highway remained closed as
authorities retrieved the car and conducted an investigation.

The northbound side was open, with CHP officers directing traffic going both directions through the area.

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