Woman Says She Used Telepathy After Plunge Off Forest Highway
Granger was rescued alive but critically injured after her pickup truck plunged 350 feet down a mountain road. (KTLA-TV / April 9, 2012)
Tracy Granger, 56, had to spend a freezing night on the side of a mountain in the Angeles National Forest before she was found.
But as she sat, huddled and badly hurt, she reached out to her husband with her mind, calling for help.
"I sat down and I said out loud, 'Lee, I'm overdue,'" she told KTLA. "'Something has happened. Figure it out.'"
Granger was driving from Pasadena to Juniper Hills in the Palmdale area the evening of March 25 when the crash happened.
Granger drives from Pasadena to Palmdale weekly, and her usual route is Angeles Crest Hwy to Angeles Forest Hwy.
She left her aunt and uncle's residence near the Pasadena Rose Bowl about 6:30 p.m.
About 15 minutes later, she called her uncle to check on road conditions.
Her uncle looked at the Caltrans web page and indicated that the road was open, but there were chain requirements in some places.
When her aunt and uncle tried to call her back, there was no answer.
Right after her crash, she said she stepped out of her truck -- which landed right-side up -- and thought about scaling the mountainside she had just plunged down.
But she suffered a fractured neck and pelvis, along with a few broken ribs. She looked up the mountain and realized the climb up would be impossible.
Her white 1999 Ford Ranger was spotted early March 26 some 350 feet down the side of a steep, snow-covered embankment on Angeles Forest Hwy at mile marker 10.47.
"As deputies were walking along the ridgeline here, they actually saw a tool box laying down," said Sgt. Andrew Nagel of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
"They got some binoculars, looked and then found her way down at the bottom of the canyon there, up against a tree."
Granger was suffering from severe hypothermia and critical head injuries.
She was airlifted in LASD Air Rescue 5 to an area hospital in critical condition for treatment.
A first responder at the scene described the moments after he reached Granger.
"When we got there, she was lifeless, you know," Jay Johnson, of Montrose Search and Rescue said.
"[We] brought her back to conscious (sic), and it's just a matter of getting people on scene to get her out of here and get her to the hospital."
First responders said that once Granger regained consciousness she told them how grateful she was for the teamwork and that they were able to get her out safely.
When she saw rescuers' helmetcam footage for the first time on Sunday, she repeated her gratitude.
"I'm very grateful for them," Granger said. "The care, the support and the love that I've been shown."