Los Angeles - A 9-year-old girl crawled out of a mangled
sport utility vehicle (SUV), climbed out of a canyon and walked about a kilometre
in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a highway crash that
killed her father in Southern California, authorities said.
The 2010 Ford Escape was launched about 60m down an
embankment along a semi-rural stretch of highway about 01:00 Sunday, said the
California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The vehicle overturned several times.
The girl managed to extricate herself and walk through
rugged terrain to a nearby home, but nobody answered the door, the CHP said.
Then she hiked up the steep embankment and along the road
to a commuter rail station where she flagged down a passing motorist at about 02:30.
"She walked quite a distance in a very, very
threatening environment. It's very black out there, very dark," CHP Sergeant
Tom Lackey told KABC-TV.
"It's very steep and it's brushy and there are also
coyotes in the background."
Responding officers found a man in his 30s had been
His name was not
released but officials said he was from Los Angeles.
A helicopter transported the girl to Children's Hospital
She was treated for minor injuries including bumps and
bruises and a cut on her face.
Television footage showed crews extricating the severely
damaged black SUV from the canyon.
The CHP is investigating whether alcohol played a role in