Paramedics carry one of the vehicle's passengers on a back-board to an ambulance.

Paramedics carry one of the vehicle's passengers on a back-board to an ambulance. (KTLA-TV / March 1, 2010)

MALIBU -- Two people were rescued Monday after their car plummeted into a canyon in an apparent effort to avoid hitting an animal in the road, fire authorities said.

Several police and fire authorities were on scene at Mulholland Highway and Stunt Road in an unincorporated area near Malibu where the car plunged off a cliff around 7:38 p.m. Monday, says Inspector Matt Levesque of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The person who made the accident call reported that the driver had swerved to avoid hitting an animal.

The vehicle, occupied by two people, plummeted 200 feet down the side of the canyon, according to Levesque.

Four paramedics were able to make their way down the cliff to the vehicle's occupants, who were reportedly conscious.

Both were transported to a nearby trauma center.

Their conditions were not immediately known.