SAN JOSE (KRON) — A 28-year woman is in the hospital after spending 18-hours stuck on the side of Mt. Hamilton while authorities searched for her.
The CHP says Melissa Vasquez lost control of her car on Mt. Hamilton Road which then went off an embankment and down a ravine mid-afternoon on Monday.
It wasn’t until about 4:00 a.m. Tuesday that the CHP learned Vasquez’s 2012 Chevrolet Cruze was located about 500 feet down the ravine from the roadway.
A CHP officer climbed down to the wreckage and discovered that the woman had been ejected from the vehicle and had been lying face down in the ravine ever since. She was alive and concious when the officer arrived.
The CHP and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies stayed with her until a Coast Guard helicpoter arrived in the 9:00 a.m. hour. The victim was strapped to a metal brace and lifted to the chopper which took her to the hospital.
Later KRON 4’s Rob Fladeboe was there when authorities lifted the wrecked car back up to the roadway.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation but the CHP says there is no indication that alcohol or other drugs were a factor.
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