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Woman survives in wreck for 8 days

September 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A woman who spent eight days trapped in a wrecked vehicle has severe injuries, but her brain function is normal and she can move her arms and legs, her physician said in Seattle.

Tanya Rider, 33, was found dehydrated at the bottom of a steep ravine in suburban Maple Valley on Thursday after authorities detected the general location of her cellphone, more than a week after she failed to return home from work. After rescuers cut her out of her sport utility vehicle, she was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.

Dr. Lisa McIntyre said Rider probably survived the wreck because she was young and healthy and was wearing a seat belt.

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