Woman survives six days in Arizona desert after vehicle crash

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Her vehicle landed in a mesquite tree and remained suspended above the ground.

The woman, whose name was not disclosed, lost control of her auto on October 12 on a rain-slicked road near Wickenburg, Arizona, about 65 miles (105 km) north of Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The woman told the trooper that she stayed inside her vehicle for "several days" before she climbed out and tried to walk towards railroad tracks in the hope she would be found.

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.

A 53-year-old woman survived six days in the Arizona desert on grass and water after crashing her auto, before being rescued by a rancher and highway workers who were chasing a cow, police and local media said on Wednesday. Instead, they spotted human tracks heading toward Hassayampa riverbed.

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

After about 500 yards, they "discovered a severely dehydrated woman with serious injuries" who was curled up in a fetal position on the ground.

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

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

But she never made it to the tracks.

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The woman was taken by helicopter to hospital after her rescue.

She told officials that she stayed in the vehicle for several days before climbing out and went toward the railroad tracks hoping someone would find her, however, she didn't make it that far due to her injuries.

But she was too weak to make it.

"The diligence of the ADOT crew and teamwork of everyone involved is exemplary and to be commended", AZDPS Colonel Frank Milstead said in a statement. "Due to their outstanding efforts, this woman's life was saved".

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