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Southern Illinois Woman Survives Two Nights Trapped In Vehicle

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) - An alert passing motorist is being credited with finding a southern Illinois woman who spent two nights trapped in her vehicle after it skidded off a road and down a ravine.

WSIL-TV reports that 68-year-old Billie Earl of Herrin was rescued Wednesday and hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening. Earl had been missing since Monday, when her SUV left a Williamson County road. She had no food or water with her. Her fortunes changed on Wednesday, when motorist Alan Gary noticed tire marks on the road and followed them. He then saw damaged bushes and the SUV at the bottom of a ravine near a strip pit that was filled with water 50 to 60 feet deep.

Gary called the sheriff's department, and Earl was saved.

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