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It took emergency crews nearly an hour Wednesday to rescue a severely injured motorist whose car veered off a rain-slick rural road in a remote area north of Fallbrook and plunged about 100 feet down a steep, brushy embankment.

The four-door sedan crashed off Sandia Creek Drive north of Rock Mountain Road in De Luz about 3 p.m., said John Choi, a fire captain with North County Fire Protection District.

Emergency personnel used ropes to get to the spot where the vehicle came to rest, freed the driver from the wreckage and hoisted the victim out of the ravine in a litter, Choi said.

Medics took the motorist to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

No information about the victim was immediately available, and it was unclear what caused the solo car crash.