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TX: Woman lives after pickup falls 150 feet
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/07 | AP

Posted on 08/06/2007 8:45:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

EL PASO, Texas - A pickup truck hit a boulder and tumbled over a 150-foot cliff, but the 71-year-old driver survived, officials said.

"It was a miracle that someone saw her vehicle," Sheriff's spokesman Rick Glancey said. "It is one of these days when God was on her side."

Helene Crosser told authorities that she was driving on Loop 375 to watch the sunrise early Sunday when her shoe fell off and got jammed beneath the brake pedal.

Crosser said she tried to pull off the road, but couldn't slow down because the shoe stopped the brake from fully working.

She was trapped in the Texas heat for seven hours until a driver spotted glint of light reflecting from afar and called 911. Authorities said Crosser didn't have a cell phone with her.

Crosser was taken to a hospital with dehydration and non-life-threatening injuries.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: falls; pickup
It was her lucky day.
1 posted on 08/06/2007 8:45:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Had to be a Ford.


2 posted on 08/06/2007 8:46:17 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m in the market for a new truck, I’d like to have what she was driving ,, damn..


3 posted on 08/06/2007 8:47:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

No doubt!


4 posted on 08/06/2007 8:48:12 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: NormsRevenge
Will this one do the trick?
5 posted on 08/06/2007 8:50:14 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: tflabo

like to see that burn doughnuts. ;-)


6 posted on 08/06/2007 8:51:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; NormsRevenge
I didn't know that Tejas even had a difference of 150 feet in elevation....it's my understanding that even their "Hill Country" is the equivalent to a large dog's dropping.

:)~

7 posted on 08/06/2007 8:52:48 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: ErnBatavia

You obviously have never flown into El Paso. Landing toward the east you come over some 4-5K mountains, then drop a couple of thousand feet in probably 10 miles. It is scary even in a commercial plane.


8 posted on 08/06/2007 9:02:11 PM PDT by Lokibob (Some people are like slinkys. Useless, but if you throw them down the stairs, you smile.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I’d like to have what she was driving

1988 Ford Ranger

9 posted on 08/06/2007 9:07:22 PM PDT by TChad
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

My exact thought.


10 posted on 08/06/2007 9:07:39 PM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: ErnBatavia

In Texas, we have everything. You just have to know where to look:’)


11 posted on 08/06/2007 9:07:52 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: ErnBatavia
I didn't know that Tejas even had a difference of 150 feet in elevation....it's my understanding that even their "Hill Country" is the equivalent to a large dog's dropping.

The Hill Country is as hilly as any other hills I've seen. Sometimes moreso.

The West Texas mountains are more like badlands, in Big Bend they reach up to around 7,800 ft. The highest in the Guadalupe range is 8700 ft.

12 posted on 08/06/2007 9:09:57 PM PDT by Spirochete
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To: NormsRevenge

It wasn’t a vertical drop, just a steep slope. The truck simply drove down the slope.

Consider that the 88 Ford Ranger she had would not have survived a 50’ straight drop, let alone a 150’ one.


13 posted on 08/06/2007 9:11:08 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Large dog dropping.

Good. Keep thinking that. Don't move here. :)

14 posted on 08/06/2007 9:11:37 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: TChad

I KNEW IT!!!!!!


15 posted on 08/06/2007 9:12:35 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: NormsRevenge

It went from a pickup to a compact......


16 posted on 08/06/2007 9:16:42 PM PDT by b4its2late (I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.)
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To: All

Obviously not a straight drop, any modern truck should be able to handle that.

More here, including video, at link: Click here.

17 posted on 08/06/2007 9:16:56 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Ford is tuff; I love my F250.

Found Off Road Dedyrated (but still alive!).

18 posted on 08/06/2007 9:18:10 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: b4its2late

Compact pickup to a subcompact.


19 posted on 08/06/2007 9:18:25 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
I KNEW IT!!!!!!

You were right, but I bet you were thinking of something larger than a Ranger.

20 posted on 08/06/2007 9:18:33 PM PDT by TChad
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To: All

Video link: http://www.ktsm.com/r?19=950&32=3371&7=128882&40=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ktsm.com%2Fhome%2Fvideo%2F%3Fvid%3D8925077%26ref%3D%2Fnews%2Flocal%26skipthumb%3DY%26stat%3Dsty&41=Video+Pickup+Truck+Plunges+Off+Transmountain+Road&18=0.5513100652611242

Looks a lot less impressive once you get a wider angle. I’ve deliberately driven down (and up) steeper slopes when offroading.


21 posted on 08/06/2007 9:19:17 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Omg-- I'm a dumb blonde, too, drive an F250.. although you're probabably a male bimbo.

Let's trade dumb blonde jokes.

22 posted on 08/06/2007 9:21:07 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: ErnBatavia
"....it's my understanding that even their "Hill Country" is the equivalent to a large dog's dropping."



We have our moments.

;o)
23 posted on 08/06/2007 9:22:54 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: TChad

Nope. I’ve owned four Rangers and two Sport Tracs (Explorer,in name only. Built on a Ranger frame.)


24 posted on 08/06/2007 9:28:50 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: NormsRevenge

Been there done that, landed in top of a tree


25 posted on 08/06/2007 9:29:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Mine was a ford L0L


26 posted on 08/06/2007 9:30:03 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NormsRevenge
It was her lucky day.

Yep... But it followed close on the heels of one helluva unlucky morning drive...

27 posted on 08/06/2007 9:59:25 PM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Nobody seems to ask what she was doing playing with her shoes while she was supposed to be driving. Keep the shoes on your feet and the feet in front of the pedals, chickie, and these things don’t happen.


28 posted on 08/06/2007 10:17:39 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Global warming? Hell, in Texas, we just call that "summer".)
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To: NormsRevenge

God is on the side of all His children, but that doesn’t mean He saves them from death every time. Even Lazarus eventually died for good.


29 posted on 08/06/2007 10:30:18 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not neccessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: Liberty Valance

That is beautiful!!!


30 posted on 08/06/2007 10:34:44 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Normal" - Just a cycle on the washing machine - Naomi Judd)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

or the older Fix Or Repair Daily...


31 posted on 08/06/2007 11:14:44 PM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Crosser said she tried to pull off the road, but couldn't slow down because the shoe stopped the brake from fully working."

When was the last time she had a brake job? When she was 50? Lots of brake pedal travel obviously. Breathe on my brake pedal and they are on.

32 posted on 08/07/2007 12:09:42 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
One time while getting gas, I forgot, or didn't put my '75 f250 in park properly, jump out of the truck and before I could turn around, it was scooting across the parking lot in reverse, across the street, and through the wall of the local hardware store, the wall where they had all their cheap glass trinkets.

Not even a scratch on the truck, just a little store paint on the bumper. I've bought F250's ever since.

33 posted on 08/07/2007 12:17:47 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Liberty Valance

That looks like that pic was taken around the Medina Children’s Home near Kerrville.


34 posted on 08/07/2007 12:18:07 AM PDT by decal (Be honest, now - does this tagline make me look fat?)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Good story, thanks. I would not trade my F250 for anything and will buy again ... IF the thing ever wears out!


35 posted on 08/07/2007 6:15:29 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: decal

Yes, it’s close to that. I live in Kerrville.


36 posted on 08/07/2007 8:07:37 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ErnBatavia
didn't know that Tejas even had a difference of 150 feet in elevation....it's my understanding that even their "Hill Country" is the equivalent to a large dog's dropping.

The Hill Country hills aren't real high, some probably do go to 150 ft though. But they are also pretty "close" to each other in some areas, with the ravine between them being might steep and mighty deep.

However this was out by El Paso, which means "the pass", as in "through the mountains. It's a bit east of El Paso, 30 or so miles, but El Capitan's peak is at 8,064 ft

And it's base is around 6,500 feet

It's also only the eighth highest peak in Texas.

37 posted on 08/07/2007 9:55:15 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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