88-Year-Old Woman Trapped In For Six Days Lives To Tell About It

January 18th, 2006 // 10 Comments

ordinarypeople What an ingenious woman. I don’t think I would have ever thought of doing what she did in order to stay alive.

An 88-year-old woman, trapped in her car for six days after driving off the road on the way home from the grocery store, sustained herself by wiping condensation off the windshield with a towel and sucking the moisture, her son says. Mary Lillian Anderson was in satisfactory condition Thursday at Southwest Washington Medical Center.

She was rescued Wednesday by a delivery truck driver who noticed the car stuck in blackberry bushes just off Interstate 5 and peered inside. He says he was braced for the sight of a body. “She was sitting right there, staring back at me,” said Andrew Thompson, who delivers propane in rural Clark County. “She looked very happy.”

Anderson disappeared Jan. 6 after she misjudged a corner, drove across a broad gravel-covered shoulder and tipped her car into a steep drop-off filled with blackberry bushes. Her 1997 Cadillac Seville was hidden from view but within earshot of I-5.

Thompson said the height of his truck’s cab gave him a perfect view Wednesday of the cranberry-colored car down the embankment. “If there had been leaves on the trees, I don’t think she would have made it, I wouldn’t have been able to see her,” he said. “The lady is just very, very lucky to be alive,” Buckner said.

Thompson said he tried to open the car door but found it wedged shut. “I yelled back to her that I was going to get help,” he said. He climbed back up the bank, called 911, and then went back to the car. In time he was able to wrench open the door, and he waited with Anderson for rescue crews. “She held my hand,” he said.

Car Condensation Keeps Trapped Woman Alive [AP]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. liz

    errr. if she was coming back from getting groceries, don’t you think she would have had something more to sustain her?

  2. Lynn

    Maybe she had only purchased Serenity adult diapers and TP!

  3. lisa

    the groceries were in the trunk.

    the women is 88 – probably frail. She could not pull the back seat down to get to the groceries. Hell I’m 42, it would probably take me a day to pull a seat back that is not made to go back.

  4. doofus

    why couldn’t that have been paris hilton?

  5. King Smart Ian

    And if it had been Paris, why couldn’t the car have caught fire? Not exploded, mind you, but a slow, steady fire – the kind that can burn for days?

  6. doofus

    amen, King Smart Ian, amen…

    although, if it were paris, she NEVER would have thought of collecting the condensation and would probably have died of dehydration.

    so, a fire, although not necessary, would be the icing on the cake.

  7. King Smart Ian

    Doofus – You make excellent points. Given the choice between seeing Paris slowly starve to death versus burning slowly to death, I’ve still got to with the fire. On to more important things, how can we make sure this happens? Suggestions anyone?

  8. Cynthia

    Well, let’s see…..maybe that Starving Nachos boyfriend of hers can drive the car off a cliff or something. He ran it into the back of a truck recently….

  9. Cynthia

    Maybe the Starving Nachos boyfriend of hers can drive the car off a cliff or something. He recently ran it into the back of a truck….

  10. Cynthia

    OOPS! It came up twice.

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