PHOENIX, Arizona (KTRK) -- A woman is alive after a crash sent her off the highway and left her stranded.
Investigators say the 53-year-old woman lost control of her car, went off a highway, crashed through a fence, dropped 50 feet and landed in a tree.
The woman told troopers she stayed in that car for several days before climbing down and searching for help.
Eventually, a rancher and two other men found the woman after following her footprints for nearly 500 yards.
The group found the woman severely dehydrated and with serious injuries in a dry riverbed.
"She was in the fetal position, and there was no movement," said highway operations technician Zach Moralez said.
The woman has since been hospitalized.
Woman survives several days after crashing car 50 feet down from highway