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UPDATE: Man sees something in the woods, rescues woman trapped in SUV for 18 hours

Updated: Thursday, August 1 2013, 01:19 AM CDT
Reported by: James Tully

LANCASTER -- Looking at the pictures of the mangled SUV, found near 4400 Marietta Avenue in West Hempfield Township, it's hard to believe anyone could survive it.

But someone did, thanks in large part to Brad Shearer, who noticed part of the car buried beneath brush and by a brook below street level.  He feared the worst.

"Somebody’s dead," Shearer thought.  "That was my first assumption I’m going to go down there and somebody was dead."

Brad noticed something move as he approached the vehicle, and realized it was the back of a woman's head.  That woman was 18 year-old Brooke Spence. 

Police say the accident occurred Saturday evening around 11 p.m. and went unreported until Brad Shearer's wife called 911 at 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Brooke was immediately transported to a local hospital, and as of Monday, remains in serious condition.

Police on the scene said if it was for Brad making the discovery, Brooke would not still be alive.

Police say they believe Spence fell asleep at the wheel and do not believe she was doing anything "illegal" behind the wheel.

Neighbors in the area all said they heard the crash when it happened, but no one called 911 to report it. Officials urge you to call 911 if you think you hear something. They say just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.
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An 18-year-old woman is in serious condition at Lancaster General Hospital after being trapped in her SUV for 18 hours after an accident.

Brooke Spence, 18, of Mount Joy was travelling east on Route 23 around 11 p.m. Saturday night when her 2002 Dodge Durango crossed the center line into the west-bound lane of travel and left the roadway.

The SUV struck a guide wire for a PP&L pole and became airborne, travelling for 20 feet before landing head-on in a culvert. The SUV then flipped onto its roof, trapping Spence in the driver's seat.

The crash went undetected overnight and well into the next afternoon, until a witness observed the SUV from his house and called 911.

Spence was extricated from the car by EMS and taken to the hospital.
West Hempfield Township Police are continuing to investigate this accident and anyone with information is asked to call police at 285-5191.UPDATE: Man sees something in the woods, rescues woman trapped in SUV for 18 hours


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