Man loses arm in Angeles National Forest offroading accident


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man lost an arm and was hospitalized in critical condition after an offroading accident in the Angeles National Forest near the San Gabriel Reservoir, officials said.
The crash took place about 2:10 p.m. in an off-highway vehicle area along mile marker 23.25 of San Gabriel Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The victim, a man estimated to be in his 40s or 50s, had just climbed a steep hill in a wide-axle, Jeep-style vehicle, fire Capt. Marc Scott said.
The man was descending the hill when the vehicle overturned, throwing him from the truck, the captain said. The rolling vehicle landed on one of the man’s arms, severing it.
Fellow offroaders called for help, Scott said. U.S. Forest Service officials and county firefighters rushed to the scene, where they found the man unconscious, Scott said.
Paramedics flew the man to a Pasadena hospital by helicopter, officials said. He was listed in critical condition.
It was unclear whether doctors would be able to reattach the severed limb.
The crash is being investigated by the Baldwin Park area office of the CHP.

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