A Modesto woman survived a 50-foot fall Thursday with just bruises after her car careened into Dry Creek northeast of Modesto.
Cristi Murray, 57, was driving a Lincoln Towncar westbound near the 4700 block of Parker Road about 1 p.m. when she hit a patch of gravel, overcorrected and went over the embankment, Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen said.
It took Modesto and Stanislaus Consolidated firefighters and Modesto police about 30 minutes to pull Murray up the embankment using a pulley, and an additional two hours to retrieve her car, Findlen said.
"She is extremely fortunate," Findlen said. "A drop from a steep embankment of that size usually and very likely could result in very serious injuries and fatalities."
In 2006, two people died just yards east of Thursday's crash site, Findlen said.
In that case, a Ceres man who was apparently fleeing a hit-and-run crash drove into Dry Creek, killing himself and his passenger, Modesto police said at the time.
Marcial Velez Jr., 54, and his girlfriend, Bethany Burroughs, 23, of Merced County, were pronounced dead at the 2006 crash scene.