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    Car Condensation Keeps Trapped Woman Alive



    Pretty amazing story...

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - An 88-year-old woman, trapped in her car for six days after driving off the road on the way home from the grocery store, sustained herself by wiping condensation off the windshield with a towel and sucking the moisture, her son says.

    Mary Lillian Anderson was in satisfactory condition Thursday at Southwest Washington Medical Center.

    She was rescued Wednesday by a delivery truck driver who noticed the car stuck in blackberry bushes just off Interstate 5 and peered inside. He says he was braced for the sight of a body.

    "She was sitting right there, staring back at me," said Andrew Thompson, who delivers propane in rural Clark County. "She looked very happy."

    Anderson disappeared Jan. 6 after she misjudged a corner, drove across a broad gravel-covered shoulder and tipped her car into a steep drop-off filled with blackberry bushes.

    Her 1997 Cadillac Seville was hidden from view but within earshot of I-5.

    She was reported missing Jan. 7 when her neighbors at the Whipple Creek Condominiums noticed she hadn't come home.

    The Clark County sheriff's office issued a missing persons report but did not conduct a search because they didn't know where to begin, Detective Rick Buckner said. When Buckner found no activity on Anderson's credit cards or bank account, he feared she was dead.

    Sometime Monday or Tuesday, a deputy pulled a car over in the gravel turnout a few feet from Anderson's car, but thick blackberry bushes and other brush blocked the officer's view of her car.

    Thompson said the height of his truck's cab gave him a perfect view Wednesday of the cranberry-colored car down the embankment.

    "If there had been leaves on the trees, I don't think she would have made it, I wouldn't have been able to see her," he said.

    "The lady is just very, very lucky to be alive," Buckner said.

    Thompson said he tried to open the car door but found it wedged shut.

    "I yelled back to her that I was going to get help," he said. He climbed back up the bank, called 911, and then went back to the car. In time he was able to wrench open the door, and he waited with Anderson for rescue crews.

    "She held my hand," he said.

    One of Anderson's sons, Rob Johnson of Pendleton, Ore., said his mother's groceries were out of reach in the trunk. She kept herself distracted by harvesting water and by praying, talking to her guardian angel and counting to 500 and back, over and over again, he said.

    "We're very thankful to him," he said of Thompson. "He's definitely sort of an angel."

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    IRS Sends 24,000 Copies of Wrong Booklet

    CHIMACUM, Wash. (AP) - Brian Lawson, a self-employed market analyst, and his wife Jackie got both more and less than they expected when they ordered an Internal Revenue Service instruction booklet by telephone.

    What the Lawsons wanted was a single copy of the Form 1040 instructions for 2003 to help fix them a numerical error on their returns that has resulted in them having to pay $300 a month in back taxes since they filed their return for that year.

    What they got on Wednesday evening, three weeks after their call, was a UPS Inc. delivery of 12 boxes containing 2,000 copies each - 24,000 booklets in all - of the Form 1040 instructions for 2005.

    The wrong booklets were sent from Bloomington, Ill., and arrived at the right place despite being addressed to Chimacum, D.C., instead of Chimacum, Wash.

    "We're hoping they'll be more understanding of our error since they made this big error," Lawson told the Peninsula Daily News of Port Angeles on Thursday.

    He said he was unable to get the IRS to return his calls, and the newspaper also was unable to get a return call from the agency's media relations office in Seattle.

    Lawson did get one call about the booklets, though.

    About 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a UPS employee called to say another 12 boxes addressed to him and containing 24,000 more booklets had just arrived at a warehouse.

    Lawson told her not to bother delivering them.

    He said he and his wife had learned one lesson from the episode: "We should have had someone else do our taxes."

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