A Crescent City woman is recovering after being trapped inside her car for several days off U.S. 101 in Humboldt County.
According to California Highway Patrol reports, Susan Minx, 70, was reported missing Friday, having last been seen in Eureka, en route home. At that time, she had not been seen since Sept. 7. The report kicked off an intense search.
“Multiple agencies including CHP, U.S .Forest Service, State Parks and National Parks Service began searching the area of US-101 in hopes to locate Minx,” a CHP report said. “Emergency personnel were able to determine that her cell phone last signaled in the area of Prairie Creek State Park.”
It wasn’t until Sunday that Minx’s vehicle was found by National Parks personnel, 50 yards over a steep embankment, with her and her dogs still inside. According to CHP Officer Cy May, the location is about 45 miles north of Eureka, in steep, rugged terrain. He said officers had not located her previously because her vehicle left no evidence of an accident before leaving the roadway and plunging out of view.
“There was no indication of an accident, no disturbed brush, or debris where she went over the bank,” he said. “She was found, still in the car, pinned in the driver’s seat.”
May estimated she had been in the car more than four days but did not know why she was unable to get out or call for help. He also did not know if Minx had any provisions or food in the car with her for her and her dogs.
“Luckily, the fire crews were able to get in there and get her extricated from the car,” he said.
Minx was transported to Mad River Hospital in Humboldt County with minor injuries, a CHP report stated.
May said the cause of the crash that sent Minx over the bank is still under investigation and a determination will not be released until the investigation is complete.
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