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Car Plunges 400 Feet Over Side Of Angeles Crest Highway, Woman Dies [UPDATED]

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One person was airlifted from the scene after their vehicle plunged 400 feet from the Angeles Crest Highway.

Authorities told CBS News that the Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call at 10:02 a.m. of a vehicle that had gone over the side of the roadway.

The accident reportedly occurred at mile marker 18.25.

There were reportedly two people in the vehicle: one may have been ejected. Aerial footage showed one person being airlifted, CBS News reported, although they had not yet posted the footage to their site.

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UPDATE, 3:20 P.M.: reports that the woman who was thrown from the car has died. Initial reports that two people were in the car were not accurate, as the woman lived long enough to tell rescuers she was the only one in the car.

The 41-year-old woman was from Palmdale, according to authorities. She was thrown clear of her 2002 Toyota sedan and had an arm severed in the violent crash, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Firefighters used ropes and a helicopter to hoist her back up to the roadway, CHP Lt. David Moeller said. She was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena where she died from her injuries a short time later.

Witnesses reported that the woman had been driving "aggressively" and at "a high rate of speed," before turning sideways, skidding across opposing traffic lanes and jumping a raised embankment.

The crash is being investigated by officers from the Altadena office of the CHP.