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Driver survives after car goes off HWY 101 into embankment near Carpinteria

Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - A man survived with minor injuries after his car veered off the side of the highway and landed on train tracks near Carpinteria Tuesday morning.

Around 4:20 a.m., three Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Units responded to a report of a car over the side of the road near Bates Road and Highway 101.

The vehicle was reportedly traveling southbound when, for unknown reasons, it left the highway and rolled down the embankment.

The car, with a male in his 20's behind the wheel, came to rest on the far side of the railroad tracks.

Air bags deployed, and the man was able to pull himself out of his car and walk back up to the highway.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to Cottage Hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time, however, CHP is investigating.

Train traffic was stopped for a brief time to assess the damage to the tracks.

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