Washington woman survives five days on Pop-Tarts, bananas

Thank goodness for Pop-Tarts.

A 70-year-old woman in Washington state survived for five days on assorted snacks after her vehicle went over a 30-foot embankment.

Sharon Lee Leaming was found alive Sunday by her nephew near Oakville following a frantic search by family and local authorities, according to King 5.

As he was speaking with Leaming’s son during his search, Bob Stewart said he “heard someone yelling.”

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Sharon Lee Leaming was missing for five days before she was found alive.

(Thurston County Sheriff)

“I thought it was a neighbor across the road yelling for an animal, and I realized the sound was coming from in the brush right below where I was standing, and I just said, ‘She’s here. I found her,” he told the station. “Get everybody here right now.”

Leaming’s daughter Tammie Pennypacker said her mother was injured and could not move after driving off the road on May 23. She honked the horn for several days before the battery died, according to the station.

Leaming was able to survive by consuming bananas, a bottle of water — and some Pop-Tarts.

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Leaming was trapped in her car for five days.


She had been heading home to Rochester from a family vacation when the accident took place. Relatives told the station she was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia.

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“She said she felt sleepy and dizzy and part of her face felt like it dragged down a little,” Pennypacker told the station. “And she knew that she was in trouble.”

Stewart told the station that Leaming is “doing really well” following the ordeal.

“She’s joking and happy to be here and already planning her next trip down the beach,” Stewart told King 5.

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