A man who drove off a Livermore road and wound up about 300 feet down an embankment and in a canyon was badly injured but is expected to survive, the California Highway Patrol said.

The wreck occurred about 6:40 p.m. on Mines Road in Livermore, near the Crane Ridge Road turnoff, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckert said. How the man lost control of the Acura Integra is unclear, Van Eckert said, though the told officers at the scene he was looking at houses while driving the car.

"He said he doesn't remember anything else until he came to on the side of the road," Van Eckert said.

The man regained consciousness while in his car, Van Eckert said, then called a 911 dispatcher. Emergency crews en route to the scene initially could not see the car down the embankment, and the number of sirens made it difficult for the man to dictate to the dispatchers where he was.

Eventually, all arriving personnel but one vehicle turned off sirens, and the man guided the rescuers to his location, Van Eckert said. The man was taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley with unspecified injuries. A big-rig tow truck with cables brought the car back up the embankment, Van Eckert said.

Rick Hurd covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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