Irvine: Woman Rescued After Vehicle Flies Off Freeway Into Flooded Channel

01.15.2023 | 11:35 PM | IRVINE – A woman was rescued by firefighters after her vehicle flew off a freeway into a flooded channel, late Sunday night.

The female driver called 911 to report she had crashed into a flooded ditch on the northbound I-5 Freeway just south of Jamboree Road around 11:35 PM.

When first responders arrived they found a white 2021 Honda Accord that lost control on the slick freeway and crashed into an approximately 15-foot deep flood control channel.

The channel was flooded with about 3-feet of flowing water prompting firefighters to quickly initiate a rescue that lasted a matter of minutes.

Medics evaluated the female driver at the scene and transported her to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Police marked the vehicle and left it in the flooded channel until it could be recovered at a later time.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but likely related to heavy rains that have soaked the area.

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