California Storm Leaves Outages; Motorist Rescued

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Crews have rescued an injured woman whose pickup truck plunged 300 feet off a Southern California mountain highway during a weekend of stormy weather.

The pickup was spotted on a snow-covered slope below Angeles Forest Highway early Monday and a helicopter flew the driver to a hospital. Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida
says the driver may have critical injuries.

Elsewhere, Californians are cleaning up from Sunday's storm, which left thousands without power, toppled power poles and trees, caused a rock slide and ended the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race 71 laps early.

Southern California utility officials say about 6,500 customers are still without power.

The storm dumped nearly an inch of rain in downtown Los Angeles and almost 3 inches in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains.

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