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Crews Rescue Occupants Of Car That Crashed Over Cliff In Santa Clara County

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Emergency crews worked to rescue the driver of a vehicle that crashed down a cliff in Santa Clara Co. (CBS)

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SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Mt. Hamilton Road has reopened after a crash that sent two people hurtling into a ravine Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The roadway, which had been closed since shortly after the collision was reported around 2 p.m., reopened shortly after 7 p.m.

San Jose fire crews rescued the two people from a vehicle that crashed into the ravine earlier Sunday afternoon.

The crash on state Highway 130 in an unincorporated area about a mile east of Clayton Road was reported around 2 p.m..

The vehicle fell around 150 feet down the ravine, causing major damage and injuring the driver and passenger.

One person with minor to moderate injuries was able to get out of the car and was helped up the side of the ravine by rescuers.

The other person, who suffered “significant” injuries, remained trapped in the vehicle for around two and half hours before fire crews were able to free them and bring them up the hill using ropes and pulleys, Brown said.

Both victims were transported to local trauma centers and are likely to survive their injuries, Brown said.

Tow trucks are on the scene now working to bring the vehicle back up to the road, and the road remains closed.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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