Driver rolls down embankment, spends night in car

Oct 14, 2014 1:39 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was called in to help rescue a woman who veered off a mountain road, rolled hundreds of feet down an embankment and spent the night at the bottom of a ravine in Northern California.

Television news footage Tuesday morning shows the helicopter hovering over Mount Hamilton in San Jose and the small white vehicle resting on its hood below the embankment with emergency workers surrounding it.

California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee tells the San Jose Mercury News that the woman went off the roadway between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

A vehicle communication system provided a location, but rescuers did not find the driver. Her family then used a cellphone application to track her.

Lee said the woman was conscious and complaining of abdominal pain.

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(Photo Courtesy: NBC Bay Area)


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