4 Hurt as Jeep Veers Off Road Into Canyon

Three San Fernando Valley youths and a fourth from Orange County escaped with minor injuries early Sunday after their Jeep veered off a Woodland Hills road and rolled about 500 feet into a canyon, authorities said.

Two of the young men, unable to climb up the steep grade, were airlifted by helicopter to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, according to police and Fire Department spokesmen. The other two were helped up the hill by rescue teams and taken by ambulance to Humana Hospital-West Hills.

But the young men suffered no more than cuts and bruises, Los Angeles Police Sgt. John Amott said.

Amott identified the driver of the Jeep as John Reschke, 19, of Canoga Park. His three passengers were Kirk Martin, 22, of Canoga Park, Shane Branker, 18, of Irvine and a 17-year-old youth from Canoga Park.

The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m. on Mulholland Drive and Trinidad Road, Amott said. Three helicopters, two ambulances and about a dozen Los Angeles city firefighters responded.

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