Woman rescued 6 days after unusual road accident

Frederick Owens
November 3, 2018

The woman reportedly told the officer she stayed inside of the vehicle for a few days before getting out.

The Department of Public Safety said two state transportation workers and a rancher were corralling a bull on the other side of a fence along a highway on October 18 in the town of Wickenburg, about an hour's drive northwest of Phoenix, when they saw the fence was unusually damaged.

The 53-year-old, who has not yet been named, was driving on U.S. Route 60, near Wickenburg, on October 12, when she lost control of her vehicle.

Seriously injured from the crash, the woman remained in the auto for several days before climbing out and trying to walk to a nearby railway line for help, the DPS reported.

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.

A trooper, along with the maintenance crew and rancher, could not find anyone in the vehicle but discovered "human tracks" leading towards a river bed.

'We started asking her a bunch of questions: 'How long have you been here?

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'She was in the fetal position, and there was no movement, ' Moralez said.

The 53-year-old told the team she lost control of her vehicle and stayed inside the wreck for several days following the crash.

The 53-year-old woman's auto went off the road, smashing through a fence and landing in a tree, where she remained suspended for days.

She walked towards railroad tracks in the area in hopes of being found, but she didn't make it to the tracks due to her condition.

Officials did not identify the women or provide any further details about her injuries or the cause of the accident.

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

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

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