Leaf water, family helped woman survive ravine

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Amber Pennell says drinking water that she squeezed from a leaf, and thoughts about her husband and two children, helped her survive five days trapped in a wrecked truck at the bottom of a ravine.

Interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, the North Carolina woman said she knows it's "a miracle" that she's alive. She also said she doesn't remember last month's crash or much about the time she spent trapped in the truck, covered by thick kudzu vines.

Pennell says she does remember hearing helicopters as about 100 searchers looked for her.

The 21-year-old woman is recovering from a broken leg, broken arm and other injuries.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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