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Published On: Mon, Oct 21st, 2013

Richard Koester, Colorado man survived six nights after truck accident next to Ronald Mohr who had died

A Colorado man survived six nights in a truck next to his friend’s dead body before anyone discovered him inside of the truck, still in the ravine.

The Oct. 19 report from KFVS 12 TV detailed the crash and story about 85 miles south of Denver.

Ronald Mohr

Ronald Mohr

Ronald Lee Mohr and Richard William Koester went off Highway 50 into the ravine on Oct. 11. It wasn’t until six days later that a Colorado DOT worker spotted the pickup truck on Thursday.

The DOT worker happened to look over the guardrail spotting the vehicle which couldn’t be seen from the road.

Fremont County Coroner Carlette Brocious said that both men were only wearing light jackets, which wasn’t much to guard against the cold temperatures in that area in the last week.

“They were down in a culvert and you just couldn’t see them from the road,” Brocious said. “It was just wonderful that the CDOT worker found them when he was looking over the guardrail.”

“They didn’t have any food in there that I saw,” she said. “I just think he had an angel looking over his shoulder.”

Mohr, age 59, who was the driver of the truck died of his injuries. Koester, age 36, was the passenger and the wreck left him in serious condition, but he is expected to survive.

He is in the hospital listed in serious condition.

Koester and Mohr were reported missing when they didn’t come back from a trip they made to Cripple Creek, which is a popular casino area.

Photos supplied by Fremont County Sheriff’s Office

Richard Koester

Richard Koester

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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