A woman who spent a frozen night trapped in her car in the Angeles National Forest met the people who may have saved her life Wednesday.
Tracy Granger, 56,, is still recovering from severe injuries after her truck plunged 350 feet off Angeles Forest Highway in icy conditions on March 25. Granger was traveling from Pasadena to her Juniper Hills home at the time. After her husband contacted Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Montrose Search and Rescue Team and Antelope Valley Search and Rescue launched a search the following morning. Reserve Deputy Jason Johnson spotted the vehicle and made his way to Granger, who was in the snow outside her truck. Reserve Deputies Cyndy Moyneur and Robert Sheedy then helped provide life-saving medical attention before Granger was air lifted to Huntington Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
On Wednesday Johnson, Moyneur and Reserve Deputy Janet Henderson visited Granger at Huntington, where she continues to recover. According to the sheriff’s department, Granger was happy to meet the others face to face and became emotional as she recounted hitting the ice and going over the edge, then crawling from the truck in fear it might burst into flames.
“If they would not have found me, I would not have survived,” she told her visitors. Granger is expected to be released from Huntington soon and sent to another facility for long-term recovery, according to the sheriff’s department.
-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News