1 person dies after SUV dangles from freeway

Authorities say a woman has died after five people were rescued from a wrecked SUV as it dangled off the side of a San Diego freeway.

Cars fill the highway in San Diego Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. About 42.5 million people are expected to travel over Thanksgiving, the highest number since the start of the recession, according to a recent study. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities say a woman has died after five people were rescued from a wrecked SUV as it dangled off the side of a San Diego freeway.

The California Highway Patrol says construction workers positioned a forklift Wednesday to keep the mangled SUV from falling then helped remove the four adults and 8-year-old boy who had been on their way to Disneyland.

One of the adults, a 66-year-old woman, died after suffering head trauma.

The CHP says 43-year-old Brian Thomas of San Diego was taking his family to Anaheim in a Toyota Rav4 when it was struck by a car that made an illegal lane change on Interstate 805.

The SUV rolled over several times, slammed into the center divider and nearly dropped into a freeway construction zone 30 feet below.


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