Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

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

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

Moralez said she was dirty from sleeping on the ground and had facial trauma - likely from the crash.

The 53-year-old woman was driving along US 60 near milepost 117, a few miles outside of Wickenburg on October 12.

Joined by a state trooper they'd contacted, the group followed footprints to a dry riverbed, where they found a woman, initially unresponsive.

Six days later, an Arizona Department of Transportation maintenance worker and a rancher were attempting to corral a cow along the roadway when they discovered the break in the fence.

She had lost control of her vehicle while driving on the US60 and gone through a fence before dropping 50ft and landing in a tree.

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The 53-year-old woman was travelling on national route 60 near Wickenburg, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Phoenix, when she lost control on October 12, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Human tracks from the vehicle led officials toward the Hassayampa riverbed where, 500 yards down, a severely dehydrated woman was found with serious injuries.

The woman told officials that she stayed in the auto for several days, but when she wasn't rescued she chose to leave the vehicle, climbing down and walking until she reached some railroad tracks, reports Efe.

"I don't know if she could have made it there another night", Dave said, according to Reuters, citing a local source.

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.

The woman recounted how she was driving on USA 60 on October 12 when she lost control of her vehicle, according to the trooper.

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

She was airlifted to a hospital about 15 minutes later.

"The diligence of the ADOT crew and teamwork of everyone involved is exemplary and to be commended", Milstead said.

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

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