Man survives five days in his wrecked car in desert after plunging 150ft into forest
Danny Sansbury was found alive at the bottom of a canyon in Washington state on Sunday. The 56-year-old was reported missing by a passerby who called 911 last week after noticing tire tracks off the road.
A 56-year-old man has been rescued after surviving five days inside his wrecked car in the desert after plunging into a 150-foot-deep ravine.
Danny Sansbury was found alive Sunday morning after passersby noticed tire tracks on a road in Cowlitz County in southwestern Washington state and called 911.
His green pickup truck was discovered at the bottom of a steep and wooded ravine, according to the Cowlitz County Fire and Rescue Department.
“Firefighters descended the mountain through waist-deep brush hoping for the worst, but found the driver of the truck still alive but seriously injured and ill,” the fire department said in a statement on Facebook.
Sansbury, who was seriously injured, was reported missing last week, and sheriff’s deputies at the scene confirmed the truck matched the description of his vehicle.
Danny Sansbury Found Alive After Plunging 150 Feet From A Canyon In Washington State
He was found Sunday morning after passersby noticed tire tracks off a road in Cowlitz County. Pictured: Sansbury’s green pickup truck at the bottom of the canyon
A rope system was set up to help Sainsbury up the steep hill while the truck that hit him was removed.
He was then taken by ambulance to a nearby school where a LifeFlight helicopter picked him up and flew him to Peace Health Southwest, where he remains in critical condition.
‘I still can’t believe she lived six days like this,’ Terry Peck, her friend of 30 years, told local CBS affiliate KOIN 6 News.
Terry claims he knew he was in a valley when he heard he was missing and was checking the valleys when his friend was found.
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Joe Tone said local outlet authorities were looking for possible foul play before Sansbury was found alive.
‘They had no idea where the gentleman was, and we were going down that typical missing person-type route until the citizen – the local – found the car,’ said Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Joe Tone.
Terry Peck, his friend of 30 years, said he couldn’t believe Sunsbury had survived a few days in the desert.
According to the fire service, the entire rescue took about an hour
Troy Brightbill, a chief crimes deputy with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, told Newstimesuk.com that foul play is not suspected and that it appears to be a vehicular accident.
Sunsbury was responsive and was able to answer a few questions when first responders reached him inside his vehicle, Officer Brightbill said.
A few days before she was found she called a family member and said she was trapped in a backyard but hung up and could not be reached.
The fire department said the entire rescue took about an hour and the Longview Fire Department was called to assist.
Lt. Andy Worth told KOIN 6 News that being down the canyon for days without food or water ‘definitely’ affected Sansbury’s injuries.
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