ALABAMA — Mercy medics rushed a man to Erie County Medical Center after his vehicle exited the roadway and slid 15 feet down into an embankment at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Monday afternoon, where he lay injured and unseen inside the vehicle for an estimated two hours.

The operator, who was not identified, was northbound on Judge Road when his vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp curve and drove off the road, state police said.

The man suffered lacerations to his head and forearm, along with other injuries that prevented him from exiting the vehicle, troopers said.

He was spotted by a passerby approximately two hours after the crash, around 3:42 p.m., and first responders utilized ladders and other equipment to assist with extrication.

Due to the length of time the man was in his vehicle and owing to the extent of his injuries, he was taken to ECMC primarily “as a precaution,” troopers said.

The man was issued a few unspecified traffic tickets, which were listed as relating to the cause of the collision.

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