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Man Survives For 36 Hours In Truck That Rolled Down 250 Foot Cliff

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Imagine you're riding along a mountain road in a truck that, all of a sudden, wipes out and rolls down a cliff, trapping you next to your dead friend for almost two days. Terrifying, right?

This is what happened to 39-year-old Alvaro Avila after a truck driven by his friend rolled down a 250 foot cliff in Castaic on Lake Hughes Road near Warm Springs Road, City News Service reports. The driver, 65-year-old Jose Lopez Contreras, died in the crash, leaving Avila alone and unable to get out of the truck for 36 hours due to a broken pelvis.

Avila was eventually found by CHP, who only became aware of the crash after a passerby noticed tire marks leading to the cliff's edge on Sunday morning, ABC 7 says. Avila was rescued and is reportedly doing okay, all things considered.

"He seems pretty good. He said he's happy to be here," CHP Sgt. Mike Logie told The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. It's unclear how Avila survived or if he had any food or water.

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This crash is definitely not the first to happen on or near Lake Hughes Road. In 2011, David Lavau survived for six days after his car fell off a cliff in the same general area. His car came to rest against another car that drove of the same cliff, with a dead driver inside.

Be very careful driving along those Castaic cliffside roads, everyone.