A man and woman are recovering in hospital after crashing their SUV down an embankment northwest of Calgary and leaving them stranded overnight.
The couple’s vehicle went off the road on Highway 579 in the Water Valley area at about 8 o’clock Sunday night.
They were able to get themselves out of the vehicle and started a fire to stay warm but it wasn’t until about 14 hours later that the woman found her cell phone, and got a signal by climbing up the embankment.
Ghost River Fire Chief Tom McFadden says they are fortunate to make it through the ordeal.
“The lady was wearing shorts and a light shirt and the gentleman had fallen in the creek when he got out of the vehicle, and probably had the early stages of hypothermia.”
“When I looked over there I expected significantly more injuries to both patients than there was actually. They came out of it, they were very, very lucky.”
The 41 year old man was flown to Calgary in serious but stable condition with leg and back injuries. The 42-year-old woman was taken to Didsbury hospital in stable and non-life threatening condition. Both were suffering from mild exposure from spending the night outside.
RCMP are investigating whether road conditions were a factor.
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