A Colorado man survived six nights in a truck wreck next to his friend’s dead body before anyone discovered him in the truck. In the near-freezing temperatures the man was stuck in the wreck at the bottom of a ravine about 85 miles south of Denver, according to KFVS 12 TV on Oct 19.
Ronald Lee Mohr and Richard William Koester went off Highway 50 into the ravine on Oct. 11. It wasn’t until six days later that a Colorado Department of Transportation worker spotted the pickup truck on Thursday. Mohr, who was the driver of the truck died of his injuries. Koester was the passenger and the wreck left him in serious condition, but he is expected to survive. He is in the hospital listed in serious condition.
The transportation worker happened to look over the guardrail and he spotted the truck. They were in a spot that couldn’t be seen from the road. Fremont County Coroner Carlette Brocious said that both men were only wearing light jackets, which wasn’t much to guard against the cold temperatures in that area in the last week. Mohr, 59, succumbed to his injuries from the crash, but it is not known how long he remained alive after the accident.
Brocious said she didn’t know how 36-year-old Koester survived with his injuries in the elements. Temperatures hovered around freezing at night and a light rain moved through the area earlier in the week. Brocious, who was on the scene, said from what she could see, Koester didn’t have any food for the week he was stuck at the bottom of the ravine. She said he must have had a guardian angel looking out for him.
Koester and Mohr were reported missing when they didn’t come back from a trip they made to Cripple Creek, which is a popular casino area.