WASCO, Calif. --
An early-morning rescue took several hours as county firefighters worked to rescue a man stuck in a milk tanker that crashed in a Wasco field.
The Kern County Fire Department said the driver was traveling along Pond Road around 3 a.m. Tuesday when he allegedly tried to avoid a cow in the roadway.
He then lost control of the truck, which crashed into a barbed wire fence and flipped upside down.
Rescue crews said the man's legs were trapped inside the steering wheel, and rescuers could not get to him because of the tanker's position.
The barbed wire fence had punctured the truck's cargo tank, authorities said, and the entire load of milk spilled on the field and the road.
The man was finally rescued just before 7 a.m. and airlifted to Kern Medical Center with major injuries.
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