Highway worker helps find woman who spent six days in desert

Arizona Department of Public SafetyA 53-year-old woman survived for six days after she lost control of her car Oct. 12 2018 along US 60 in Arizona

Arizona Department of Public SafetyA 53-year-old woman survived for six days after she lost control of her car Oct. 12 2018 along US 60 in Arizona

The vehicle went through the fence and dropped 50 feet (15 metres), landing in the tree.

She crashed through a highway railing and plunged 17m into the tree where the vehicle "remained suspended above the ground", the state troopers said.

The 53-year-old, who has not been named, lost control while driving on the United States 60 highway near Wickenburg, north of Phoenix, before crashing through a gate.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was traveling on US 60 near Wickenburg in west-central Arizona on October 12 when she lost control of her vehicle, ran off the road and landed in a mesquite tree some 50 feet below the roadway, according to a press release.

Six days later, an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) maintenance crew was working with a nearby rancher to capture an escaped cow along the highway when they saw a large hole in the fencing.

While examining the fence, they noticed the vehicle in the tree below from the road, authorities said.

When the group searched the vehicle, however, they didn't find anyone.

The woman told the trooper she stayed inside the vehicle after the October 12 crash for several days before climbing out, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

Arizona Department of Public SafetyA 53-year-old woman survived for six days after she lost control of her car Oct. 12 2018 along US 60 in Arizona
Arizona Department of Public SafetyA 53-year-old woman survived for six days after she lost control of her car Oct. 12 2018 along US 60 in Arizona

The woman was taken by helicopter to hospital after her rescue. Human tracks from the auto led officials toward the Hassayampa riverbed where, 500 yards down, a severely dehydrated woman was found with serious injuries.

DPS a trooper responded to the scene and searched the area but didn't find the woman.

But she never made it to the tracks.

After following the tracks for 500 yards (457 meters) the rescuers found the severely dehydrated woman with serious injuries, the statement said, without identifying her.

Officials did not go into further detail about the woman's injuries or the cause of the crash.

DPS director Frank Milstead praised the highway workers and the rancher.

But she was too weak to make it.

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

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