Woman Survives Six Days in Arizona Desert After Crashing Car Into Ravine

03 November, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A woman crashed in the desert and was stranded for six days. pic Arizona DPS

With help from an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper they called, the group found a 53-year-old woman curled up in a dry riverbed, seriously injured from the crash and severely dehydrated after spending six days in the desert.

The woman, whose name was not disclosed, lost control of her auto on October 12 on a rain-slicked road near Wickenburg, Arizona, about 65 miles (105 km) north of Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Her vehicle landed in a mesquite tree and remained suspended above the ground.

Rescuers found the severely dehydrated woman, who did not want to be identified, on October 18 after following tracks from the vehicle that a highway maintenance crew and a rancher spotted.

Her auto crashed through a right-of-way fence and plummeted 50 feet before landing in a mesquite tree, where it dangled above the ground until emergency responders were alerted to the incident.

"When they stood by the damaged fence, they observed a mangled vehicle lodged in a mesquite tree about 50 feet down from the roadway", the press release stated.

A woman in Arizona was rescued six days after a auto crash that left her vehicle suspended in a tree.


When they followed the tracks, they found the woman. ADOT crew members, the rancher and a trooper searched the vehicle but didn't find anyone inside.

A team of rescuers then found the woman by following "human tracks" leading towards a river bed.

She continued along the tracks hoping that someone would find her, but she was not able to get far because of the injuries she had suffered in the crash.

The woman was airlifted to hospital with facial trauma, however her current state is not known.

She was found after two state transportation workers and a rancher were moving a cow along the highway.

Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety, noted the diligence of the ADOT crew and the teamwork of everyone involved.

"Due to their outstanding efforts, this woman's life was saved", he said in the statement.

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