Devil's Slide reopens after car removed from cliff

State Highway 1 at Devil's Slide in San Mateo County reopened shortly after 10 a.m. today after closing for an hour so crews could remove a car that went off the roadway and over a cliff early Friday.

The curving stretch of highway between Pacifica and Montara closed from 9 a.m. to about 10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car that was recovered fell about 150 feet down a cliff and landed on rocks just above the water line. CHP and Pacifica police officers responded to the driver's 911 call about 4:20 a.m., Sgt. Mike Lehman said.

The driver, a San Francisco resident, told dispatchers he had lost control of his Mazda sedan and careened off a cliff, Lehman said. The man never lost consciousness and had only minor injuries, he said.

Rescuers from several Peninsula agencies pulled the driver to safety, but decided not to recover the car at that time to avoid tying up
rush-hour traffic, Lehman said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but speed was a likely factor, Lehman said.

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