Woman Survives Eight Days in Crashed Car

SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman who survived eight days trapped in her car that had crashed into a ravine has severe injuries, but her brain function is normal.

That's according to her doctor at a Seattle hospital. The physician says Tanya Rider is "not out of the woods yet." She can move her arms and legs, but she's sedated and on a ventilator. She's also being treated with intravenous fluids from being severely dehydrated.

The doctor says Rider is probably alive because she's young and healthy. She was also wearing a seat belt.

Authorities found Rider after detecting the general location of her cell phone.

Her husband says he was frustrated by the red tape he had to fight to get officials to launch a search for his wife more than a week after she disappeared.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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