NEVADA COUNTY—Tense moments after Kara Gridley, riding in a powered paraglider, crashed into some power lines.
"Oh, she hit. I grabbed the phone and dialed 911," witness Becky Burrow said.
"When PG&E arrived, they checked and it was still carrying 7,200 volts of electricity," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Sean Griffis said.
With help from Gridley's boyfriend and a two-way radio, Fox40 was the only station to talk live on the air with the 52-year-old paraglider, as she dangled from above.
"How ya doing, Kara. It's very, very scary. But we're glad that you're okay. How are you feeling after three hours up there?" Fox40 asked.
"I am pretty tired, and I'm pretty hungry now."
"Can you tell us what happened?"
"Yeah, basically I didn't have enough altitude. And... yeah. I knew I wasn't gonna get over it. If I'd been thinking, I would've turned toward a tree."
Grass Valley firefighters carefully escorted Gridley down the ladder truck, as locals cheered, once she was safe.
"I bet you're glad to finally be down on the ground?" Fox40 said.
"I am. I am, very glad," she said.
"What was going on in your head, especially when the power lines were still live?"
"Well, I was concerned about that. But after a while when I figured I hadn't fried yet, I was alright so."
"You're Wonder Woman," Fox40 joked.
"I don't know. If I'd gone over it, I might agree with you," she said.
"You gonna do this again?" Fox40 said.
"Yes. Well no, no. I'm not going that again. (laughter). I am gonna fly again," Gridley said.