KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KTLA) — Detailing his emotions after being trapped for five days at the bottom of a California ravine, Calvin Smith said he “kept asking God, ‘Please don’t let me die out here. Please don’t let me die out here.'”
Smith, 68, who crashed his truck into a steep ravine last month, recalled the terrifying ordeal to News 2’s sister station, KTLA.
Calvin said he was driving to his Ridgecrest home on Aug. 29 when his truck suddenly went over an embankment and fell down about 100 feet into a grassy ravine below.
He was ejected out of the window during the impact and suffered a broken back and ribs. Unable to move, he lay there, praying he would soon be found.
“I was terrified,” Calvin recalled. “It was ice cold at night and burning hot during the daytime.”
As the days dragged on, he was beginning to lose hope. But suddenly. on the morning of Sept. 2, help had arrived in the form of two dirt bikers.
“I could hear him yelling for help,” said Cory Sizelove, a good Samaritan.
Sizelove and a friend happened to be passing by when they heard Calvin yelling for help. The bikers carefully made their way down the ravine and to the wreckage where Calvin was.
“I just gave him water and tried to shade him from the sun a little bit while [my friend] was on the phone with 911,” Sizelove said.
Kern County firefighters responded and rescued Calvin, who had been without food and water, from the brush area using a rope and basket system.
Sizelove also called Calvin’s wife, Dee Dee, to let her know her husband was alive and being rescued.
“I’m so grateful,” Dee Dee told KTLA. “Those five days were the worst days of my life. I’m just grateful that I have my husband back.”
Calvin has 10 children, 44 grandchildren, and over a dozen great-grandchildren. He’s thankful to be alive and able to see his family again.
“Thank you,” Calvin said to everyone who helped him. “God bless you guys. Thank you so much for saving my life.”
Although Calvin said he’s still in a lot of pain, he’s getting stronger by the day and slowly walking again. He has a long journey to recovery ahead, but he’s thankful to be alive and surrounded by loved ones.