Idaho man survives after driving off cliff and spending more than a day trapped in the wreckage


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KAMIAH — A driver is okay after spending more than a day trapped inside the wreckage of his 1994 Honda Civic following a crash.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said the family of 24-year-old Jacob Phillips reported him missing at 8:15 p.m. Friday. The family members told deputies he had not arrived home or contacted anyone since leaving work in Grangeville at 2:15 p.m.

Deputies joined the Phillips family in searching for him and asked Inland Cellular to ping his cell phone.

The cell phone company was able to narrow down the ping early Sunday morning to within five miles of the cell tower, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies focused their search on the area, and around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Sam AuGello spotted Phillips and his car in a ravine off Highway 162 near milepost 13. The Honda and Phillips were about 150 feet off the road and 75 feet down in the ravine, partly obscured by brush.

“Phillips didn’t appear to have suffered life threatening injuries and it was very fortunate that we were able to locate him,” Lt. Doug Ulmer said in a press release.

Officials say Phillips suffered a broken leg in the crash. He was taken to the airport and then flown by air ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston.