The Latest: Wreck survivor was found alert in dry riverbed

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of a woman who survived for six days in the Arizona desert (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A transportation worker says an injured woman who survived six days in the Arizona desert after a car crash was found in a “fetal position” in a dry riverbed.

Zach Moralez recounted Wednesday how the 53-year-old woman was alert and oriented when he and others found her Oct. 18 near the historic Western town of Wickenburg.

Moralez says he, his rancher brother and another transportation worker noticed a fence along a highway was severely damaged. They then spotted a mangled vehicle 50 feet (15 meters) down but found nobody inside.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper later led a search that led to footprints.

The woman told authorities she lost control of her vehicle and it landed on a tree.

Authorities have not given any details about her condition.


11:15 a.m.

Arizona authorities say they rescued a seriously injured woman who spent six days in the desert after crashing her car.

The Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that rescuers found the severely dehydrated 53-year-old woman on Oct. 18 after following the vehicle’s tracks. A maintenance crew and a rancher spotted the car while working along a highway several miles from the historic Western town of Wickenburg.

The woman’s identity and specifics on her injuries weren’t released. Authorities say she lost control of her vehicle and it went off the highway Oct. 12.

The department says she stayed inside the car for several days before climbing out and walking toward railroad tracks to get help. Authorities say she didn’t get there because of her weakened condition.

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