Photo by Grace Reed

Idyllwild Fire Protection District responded to an over-the-side motor vehicle on Highway 243 betweenMarian View Drive and Saundeers Meadow Road at approximately 9:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5.


IFPD personnel found a single car off the road, approximately 40 feet over the embankment, with two occupants.

CAL FIRE engines 23 and 53, along with California Highway Patrol were requested and responded for assistance with patient care and traffic control.

The driver of the vehicle, a taxi cab, was airlifted by Mercy Air to Desert Regional Medical Center for moderate injuries. The second occupant refused medical care and was not transported. The cab company dispatched another cab for the rider and its contracted tow service to retrieve the cab.

The scene was cleared by all personnel at approximately 11:46 a.m.