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Woman called a 'hero' after finding a man stranded in his car

A Happy Camp woman was driving to Cave Junction when she pulled over to investigate something you may see everyday.

Posted: May 19, 2019 7:00 PM
Updated: May 20, 2019 3:58 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. -- Illinois Valley Fire Department is calling a Laurie Bowers a 'hero' after she pulled over to investigate tire marks on the road.

Bowers was driving from her home in Happy Camp to Cave Junction Saturday morning when she noticed tire marks on Greyback Road, right before reaching the Oregon state line. She hadn't driven this route in months, and no car was visible from the road, yet her instincts told her to turn around. She parked her car, walked to the tire marks, and looked down the cliff.

There, she found a 23-year-old man trapped in his car 50 feet down an embankment after sliding on the icy road. Bowers called 911 and stayed with the man until help arrived. The victim had been trapped for 8 hours, without anyone stopping. He told Illinois Valley Fire that he thought he was going to die in his car.

Now, Bowers has a message.

"Be aware of whats going on, pay attention. A few cars passed by those marks and actually somebody should have seen it besides me," said Bowers.

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