MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) — A driver careened off a road in Mt. Lebanon and was taken to the hospital.
The woman went over a hillside along Lindendale Drive on Wednesday. Her car came to a rest 80 feet down a steep hillside in a pile of branches and trees.
First responders told KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that they needed to act fast to free the driver, adding there was no easy way to get to her.
“We had to remove the roof to get her out of the vehicle, and then we were able to successfully get her up to the hillside, transfer her to MRTS,” said Mt. Lebanon Fire Department Assistant Chief Sean Daniels.
First responders used a rope system to get the victim back up onto the road and into an ambulance. They raced against the radar, working to free her before the storms passed through the area.
A towing company later used the same rope system in the pouring rain and lightning to get back down the hillside and pull up the severely damaged car.
Officials are not sure why the woman lost control of her vehicle.
“We’re unsure how it happened at this time,” said Medical Rescue Team South Authority Chief Joshua Worth. “The driver did sustain mild to moderate injuries, and she was transported to a local trauma center for evaluation.”
No one else was injured, but the crash closed Lindendale Road between Kurt and Cedar for several hours.