ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (CBS)—The woman whose truck rolled hundreds of feet over a highway in Angeles National Forest reunited with the rescue team who saved her life on Thursday.
In March, Tracey Granger was driving to Pasadena from her Juniper Hills home when she struck a patch of ice on Angeles Forest Highway.
“Just before going over, I just had the thought that it’s going to be all right. And I felt that right front tire in space and then the truck just flipped over,” she said.
Granger spent the next 12 hours in near-freezing temperatures in the snowy canyon.
“There were two helicopters flying and they couldn’t find my white truck in white snow,” she said.
Granger was finally airlifted out of the canyon to a hospital. No one knew if she would make it through the night.
Not only did she recover, but she came back to the same spot she nearly died to face her fears.
Granger strapped up and repelled 300 feet down a cliff with the people who helped save her life.
Her rescuers include a banker, a carpenter, and a physical therapist, who all volunteered their time with the Montrose Search and Rescue Team.
“Thank you. Thank you so much for finding me. I’m emotional,” Granger said.
“Generally, we don’t talk to the victim again. We don’t see them. We do our job and move on. We go back to our day jobs,” said one rescuer.
Jason Johnson was the one who spotted Granger’s car tracks in the snow.
“Today was very surreal, very emotional for everyone,” he said.
Montrose Search and Rescue has completed 250 rescues this year. This is the first time a survivor has asked to come back to the site of the rescue.