NEAR LUDLOW - A collision on Interstate 40 Wednesday morning sent a Woodland man to the hospital with serious leg injuries.

Fire crews from the San Bernardino County and the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow fire departments had to cut the roof off of a pickup truck after its driver collided with rocks in a drainage ditch off of In west of Ludlow. California Highway Patrol officer Taj Johnson said the driver, a 50-year-old man from Woodland, broke his right femur and left leg and was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Johnson said that CHP officers at the scene believe the driver fell asleep while driving east on I-40 near Ludlow at around 7:30 Wednesday morning. The truck drifted off the roadway and went down into a drainage ditch on the side of the interstate. There, the truck struck a rock.
"He actually went down one side, and he was on his way back up when he hit a rock used for soil erosion," Johnson said.

The interstate was not closed as fire crews and CHP officers worked to get the man out of his vehicle and safely onto a helicopter. The helicopter was able to land on nearby National Trails Highway, preventing the closure of I-40, Johnson said. It is not known where the man was coming from or driving to, according to Johnson.

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