A woman spends 14 hours on top of her car – level 3

01-02-2024 07:00

A woman in northern California faced a harrowing 14-hour ordeal after her pickup truck overturned in a swollen creek following heavy rain.

The California Highway Patrol Air Operations used a helicopter to rescue her from the rushing waters. Dramatic footage showed a technician using a harness to lift her from the vehicle to safety. Despite spending the night atop the overturned truck, she sustained only minor injuries. The rescue involved multiple emergency agencies, including the highway patrol and local fire department.

Recent rainfall led to unexpected high water levels in the Del Valle creek, causing the woman’s predicament. Remarkably, her decision to climb on top of the car is credited with saving her life, and she was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Difficult words: harrowing (extremely distressing), ordeal (a very unpleasant and prolonged experience), predicament (a difficult or dangerous situation).

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