Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Woman in wreck saved after six days alone in Arizona desert

Woman in wreck saved after six days alone in Arizona desert

She was airlifted to a hospital about 15 minutes later, ending her six-day ordeal in a rural area.

DPS a trooper responded to the scene and searched the area but didn't find the woman. "So I sat up and she was under a tree in front of us", said David Moralez, the rancher who helped find the woman.

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.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the 53-year-old woman crashed through the fence near milepost 117 on October 12 and fell 50 feet.

An Arizona highway maintenance team were guiding stray cows when they noticed a damaged fence followed by the auto stuck on top of a tree, rescuers said.

A trooper from the state's Department of Public Safety was called but he found the vehicle was empty.

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

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"The ADOT guy started yelling, hey she's right there in front of you!" "She never made it because of her weakened physical state". She was not doing very well.

Zach Moralez, an Arizona transportation worker, told the Associated Press Wednesday that when he saw the tire track marks and damaged fence alongside the desert highway, he knew something had gone wrong.

"We got down there as quick as we could, hollering out if anyone could hear us", road maintenance worker Zach Moralez said.

She stayed inside the auto for several days before trying to walk toward some railroad tracks to find help, but she was too weak to make it, authorities said.

She was found on October 18 after spending six days in the desert. They began treating her as they waited for a medical helicopter to arrive, the statement said.

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

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

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