A 55-year-old woman was flown to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs after her vehicle went off the road, down an embankment and into a canyon Wednesday.
It happened just after 10:00 a.m. on westbound U.S. 24 at the entrance to Ute Pass.
Dave Hunting of the Manitou Springs Fire Department said the unidentified woman lost control of her SUV. He said the vehicle went off the highway, falling about 50 feet into Williams Canyon.
Firefighters took an hour to rescue the woman from her vehicle and used high-angle rescue equipment.
"She was still in the car," said Hunting. "She did have some serious injuries. She was conscious and breathing. We were able to talk with her just a little bit. I believe she mentioned she had been out walking her dog in Garden of the Gods this morning, and was on her way back home when she lost control of her vehicle."
Hunting said the woman's injuries are life-threatening.
The helicopter landed in and took off from the westbound lanes of the highway. Traffic was diverted around the area for an hour.
Hunting said emergency responders regularly train for such incidents.
Manitou Springs police are investigating what caused the crash.
Hunting said the woman's family found her dog in the vehicle and took it to a veterinarian for treatment.