“I’ve heard some people describe it as a miracle and really I believe it is,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff Department. “Had she been there any longer we would have been talking about a different outcome.”Spencer Dryden and his girlfriend Cleo Jackson, who were sightseeing up the canyon, happened to be the ones who heard the cries for help.”We started to hear someone calling for help,” said Dryden. “I descended down the mountain and kept hearing the persons voice and she told me she was in a car wreck, and that she was trapped in her car and she couldn’t move. I asked her, ‘What happened?’ and she said she had been there for two days. And I was astonished, how have you been there two days?”
Dryden said he stayed with Blackwelder while his girlfriend went for help, because there was no cell service. Rescue crews had to peel off the roof the car in order to get Blackwelder out.
Investigators said she had two broken legs, along with other serious injuries.
“Both of her ankles hurt, and her back was in terrible pain and she couldn’t move her left arm,” said Dryden.
But investigators said it could have been a lot worse considering how hidden the car was in the thick vegitation – and the fact the area isn’t heavily traveled.
“The scary news is had she been there any longer we probably would have been talking a very different outcome,” said Sgt. Cannon. “She certainly did not have many more days that she would have survived, and if that was the outcome, its very likely that it could have been weeks, months, or even years before she was found.”