- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a pickup truck plunged 200 feet into a ravine in eastern Ventura County and ignited a small brushfire but the driver managed to hide in a drainage pipe and then was airlifted to safety.

The pickup flew off State Route 118 Friday morning in the rugged Rocky Peak area near Simi Valley.

Authorities told KNBC-TV that the driver crawled into a drainage pipe to shelter from the flames and was pulled from the ravine and airlifted to a hospital, where he was alert and talking.

Fire crews from Los Angeles and Ventura counties quickly managed to contain the fire, which scorched several acres.

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