On Monday, March 7 at 7:24 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and Encinitas Fire Department responded to a report of a traffic collision near the corner of El Camino del Norte and Del Dios Highway in Rancho Santa Fe. Upon arrival, they found a solo vehicle had gone off the roadway and into a tree. The engine crew quickly assessed the scene and found there was one occupant, a 17-year-old female, still trapped in the car. Firefighters used eDRAULIC rescue tools to free the her from the vehicle. The patient was assessed and transported via an AMR ambulance to Palomar Medical Center’s Trauma Center. California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education, and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the District now spans approximately 38-square miles and protects 29,000 citizens, operating out of four full-time fire stations and serving the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, and 4S Ranch.