Cables lining Interstate 8 stopped a woman from flying onto the freeway after the vehicle she was driving rolled off the road and down an embankment, according to California Highway Patrol.
Just before 9 p.m., the car was driving eastbound on Parkway Drive when it rammed through a fence, down an embankment and onto the I-8 shoulder.
However, cables on the side of the freeway wrapped around the car's grill and kept it from going into the lanes of traffic. CHP says the driver suffered minor injuries, but it could have been worse had she gone onto the freeway.
The westbound I-8/Fletcher Parkway onramp has been closed for a time.
The vehicle's owner, who was not the driver, and her father arrived at the scene shortly after. The owner told NBC 7 that she had fallen asleep while at a friend's house in Spring Valley. She said a friend stole her car while she was sleeping, and another friend stole it back to return it to the owner.
However, the latter friend did not have a license, and she drove the car off the embankment.
Her father, Ryan Walls, said this is what happens when friends take off in your car.
"I'm happy that the cable stopped the car," Walls said. "You have to have trustworthy friends. That's all I have to say."
La Mesa police have not said yet whether this is a stolen car investigation.