Victim was trapped in upside-down vehicle 150 below the highway

A driver was rescued after her vehicle plunged 150 feet off Highway 166, trapping her in the upside-down wreckage in the Cuyama River Sunday morning.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Spokesman Dave Zaniboni said the victim, identified only as a 60-year-old woman, was freed after an extensive extrication by Santa Barbara County firefighters.

She was placed in a Stokes litter and pulled up by the hill by a crew that included Santa Barbara County, Cal Fire and Los Padres National Forest Service firefighters, Zaniboni said.

According to SBCFD and California Highway Patrol reports, the woman suffered only minor injuries despite her ordeal. She was taken by ground ambulance to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria for treatment.

The crash occurred about 10 a.m. on Highway 166 just east of Tepusquet Canyon Road.

The westbound lanes were blocked for about an hour during the rescue.