A brave nine-year-old girl pulled herself from a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a shocking highway crash that killed her father.
The unnamed father and daughter were traveling home from a party when their 2010 Ford Escape was launched about 200 feet down an embankment along a semi-rural stretch of the Sierra Highway in Acton, Southern California, about 1 a.m. on Sunday.
The vehicle overturned several times, said California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada.
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Deadly crash: A nine-year-old girl crawled out of her mangled SUV, pictured left, and walked a mile in search of help after after the car crashed down a ravine
The girl managed to crawl out of the car and, after noticing a light about 1,000 feet in the distance, she walked in nearly pitch-black surroundings through rugged terrain to a nearby home, but nobody answered the door, the CHP said.
She then back-tracked to check on her father, who was 35.
When she saw he was still unconscious, she told authorities she hiked up the steep embankment and along the road to a commuter rail station where she flagged down a passing motorist at about 2:30 a.m.
CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey told KABC-TV the girl showed commitment and courage searching for help extremely dangerous conditions.
'She walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment. It's very black out there, very dark,' Lackey told the TV station, adding that he'd never seen anything like it in his 28-year career.
Tragedy: The 2010 Ford Escape, pictured, was launched about 200 feet down the embankment along a semi-rural stretch of the Sierra Highway in Acton, Southern California, about 1 a.m. on Sunday
Brave: The brave little girl was flown to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, pictured, but only had minor injuries
'It's very steep and it's brushy and there's also coyotes in the background.'
Responding officers arrived to find the 35-year-old had been killed, Quesada said. His name was not released but officials said he was from Los Angeles.
A helicopter transported the girl to Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she was treated for minor injuries including bumps and bruises and a cut on her face.
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