Woman slides 60 feet down Old Town hillside after traffic accident
December 19, 2012
A woman slid down a hillside in Old Town after a traffic accident on Sunday, requiring a rescue operation to get her out from the bottom of an embankment between two neighborhood streets.
The Park City Police Department said in an online statement officers found the person’s minivan on the edge of Ridge Avenue, a small street that hugs a hillside above Daly Avenue in the southern reaches of Old Town. The accident was reported at 5 a.m.
The police said two wheels remained on the road and two were on the edge of the hillside. The Park City Fire District, which responded alongside the police, said the woman slid down the embankment as she was exiting the vehicle. The police said a slide-off accident left the vehicle on the edge.
The police said in a separate statement officers found a "vehicle perched precariously off the side of the road." There was damage to the front and rear bumpers on the passenger side, the police said.
Bob Zanetti, the assistant chief at the Fire District, said the woman slid approximately 60 feet down from the road level. The police said the hillside was slick with snow. She was unable to get herself out.
The Fire District sent two rescuers outfitted with rappelling gear to extract the woman from the bottom of the hillside. She was put on a backboard and taken out. The woman was not injured, but she told the rescuers she was very cold, Zanetti said.
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The woman is 47 years old and from Summit County. She was driving a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The police said she was arrested on a charge of drunken driving and taken to the Summit County Jail.