Two young women were injured early Saturday morning when the car they were in crashed in Gates Pass.
The crash occurred at about 2:45 a.m. along West Gates Pass Road in Saguaro National Park West, Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, said in a news release.
When rescue crews arrived on scene, they found “a vehicle that had lost control, left the roadway and traveled down an embankment approximately 40 feet,” Goldberg said.
Two women — one of whom was trapped — were in the car. It took half an hour from the time the first crew arrived on the scene to free one woman and haul them up the embankment to waiting ambulances, he said.
The 20-year-old driver of the car was in stable condition with minor injuries. The passenger, 21, suffered serious injuries.
Both women were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, which may have prevented “critical if not fatal injuries,” Goldberg said.
Detectives from the Pima County Sherriff’s Department are investigating the crash.