Karen Donkle found alive in vehicle in deep weeds off Highway 350 about a mile and a half south of La Junta.

Karen Donkle, missing since 10:30 Sunday morning, was found about 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning. She was alive and responsive, speaking with rescuers, who at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday were trying to extricate her from the automobile. First task was stabilizing her condition, which Chief Aaron Eveatt said is probably critical.

Eveatt said the two helicopters nearest the site of the crash were on other calls, but a Flight for Life helicopter is on the way from Colorado Springs. He said it depends on her condition whether she will be taken to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center or to Colorado Springs.

Eveatt said that since the firetruck and ambulance can’t get into the location, portable units were brought from the station to get her out and treat her. Evidently Donkle, who was traveling north toward La Junta, went off the west side of the road, hit a ditch and traveled along it until reaching about what would have been the front yard of an abandoned house. The weeds are five to seven feet deep where the car is, about 40 yards off Highway 350, about a half mile south of mile marker 71.

Eveatt will keep us updated, also on Facebook.

At 1:12 p.m. Eveatt called with update. Donkle is out of car and being flown to Level 2 Trauma unit at Parkview in Pueblo.