Driver rescued after 3 days in van

Friday, August 22, 2003

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. -- A driver stranded for about three days after his van plunged 500 feet off a mountain highway was rescued early Thursday by firefighters responding to a blaze he set to get attention.

The man, who asked that his name and extent of injuries be withheld, was dehydrated but in fair condition at a hospital on Thursday evening.

The two-acre blaze in Angeles National Forest was reported shortly before 8 a.m. and Los Angeles County firefighters sent to battle it discovered the man trapped in the van, said Capt. Roland Sprewell.

The van was lying on its side in brush far below Angeles Crest Highway.

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