Paraplegic councilman crashes, survives night in car

DEVORE, Calif.

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.

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