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Helicopter Rescue Forces Closure Of Hwy. 1 In San Mateo County

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An HH65 “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station San Francisco flies by the Golden Gate Bridge. (Matthew Udkow/USCG)

PESCADERO BEACH (CBS/BCN) — Traffic was being controlled through one open lane on state Highway 1 in San Mateo County following a helicopter rescue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Crews responded to a witness sighting of a vehicle about 100 yards over a cliff near state Highway 1 and Pescadero Beach at about 3 p.m., CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.

The highway was closed down in both directions at 3:40 p.m. while a helicopter landed and rescued the unidentified person for treatment, Anderson said.

One lane was reopened at about 4 p.m. after the helicopter took off, and the CHP assisted in traffic control.

The CHP estimated all lanes would reopen at 5:30 p.m., but an investigation and towing the vehicle forced officers to continue controlling traffic through one lane, an officer said.

There was no estimated time of reopening the highway as of 5:45 p.m.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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