Family used Find My iPhone to locate relative who crashed 200 feet below highway

Rescue personnel wearing helmets carrey a gurney on a dry mountainside
Rescue personnel use a gurney to transport a crash victim from a deep ravine after concerned family members used Find My iPhone to locate a woman who crashed on Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains after leaving a family gathering on Christmas Day.
(San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

A woman who went missing after leaving a family Christmas gathering was found 200 feet below Highway 18 in a mountainous area north of San Bernardino after relatives used the Find My iPhone feature to locate her, fire officials said.

The woman, whose name was not released, is believed to have crashed sometime overnight after leaving her family’s Christmas Day gathering. The crash went unreported for hours, with the woman inside the car and the wreck out of the view of drivers on the highway.

On Monday, San Bernardino County Fire officials said in a Facebook post, her family became concerned when they couldn’t get in touch with her.

Relatives activated the Find My iPhone feature to track her down, eventually leading them to Highway 18 just north of 40th Street, near the San Bernardino community of North Park, fire officials said. Once relatives spotted the vehicle down in the brush, they called 911 for help.

Paramedics responded and reached the vehicle, which was found on its side.

Rescuers raised the woman up to the road, where an ambulance took her to a trauma center. The woman suffered serious injuries, and her condition was not immediately known,fire officials said.