Paraplegic councilman crashes, survives night in car

December 12, 2013 12:10:58 PM PST
A paraplegic Southern California city councilman is hospitalized after he spent 11 hours unconscious in his crashed car.

Rialto Councilman Shawn O'Connell's car went down a 30-foot embankment in Devore.

O'Connell is a former police sergeant and uses a wheelchair.

According to the CHP, O'Connell suffered back spasms, lost control of his vehicle, and drove off the freeway before crashing into a fence.

The accident left him unconscious for a while but he was eventually able to use his cellphone to call for help.

He suffered minor injuries in the accident, which is under investigation.