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Colorado woman survives five days after highway crash

By Erica Albanese,

A Douglas County woman is recovering after reportedly being stranded in her wrecked car for five days, after crashing off a highway near Fairplay.

According to The NY Daily News, Kristin Hopkins, 43, and her dismantled car, were found by hikers Sunday under U.S. Highway 285.

Colorado State Patrol say that Hopkins was conscious and coherent when found. She was flown to a hospital for evaluation.

Kris Galyean, a spokeswoman for the State Patrol, says Hopkins crashed Tuesday, after going off the right side of the road in a curve, reports The Associated Press.

Investigators believe that the car may have actually plunged more than 140 feet, before rolling multiple times. The car struck multiple trees and landed on its top.

Hopkins was last seen leaving work in Castle Rock, approximately a week ago. She was reported missing last Tuesday.

U.S. 285 runs along a high-altitude valley and is surrounded by mountains, which is why the car went unseen for so many days.

Firefighter Jim Cravener told 7News that Hopkins wrote notes asking for help on her umbrella. "It appeared she had written notes on an umbrella, that she could get out of the vehicle and open the umbrella, hoping somebody from the highway would see it," he said.

 

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