A man who had been searching for a good vantage point from which to observe the Geminid meteor shower was nursing only minor injuries today even though his Mustang went off a windy mountain road south of the Angeles National Forest and plunged around 100 feet down a hill, authorities said.

The accident occurred on Glendora Mountain at mile marker 10 around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball.

The man called for help, prompting the Los Angeles County Fire Department to launch a helicopter and ground vehicles to locate him, said County fire Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett. The car was 100 feet down the side of the road, but the man had only minor injuries and was able to walk out, he said.

The Geminids, named for their point of origin in the constellation Gemini, represent a spectacular meteor shower that scientists said would be best observed between 10 p.m. Tuesday and sunrise today.


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