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DELTA (AP) ” An El Jebel woman who survived as many as four days pinned under the body of her boyfriend after their car crashed was listed in fair condition Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Amy Thompson, 27, was found Thursday after a passer-by saw the car off the side of Colorado 92 five miles east of Delta. Her boyfriend, Christopher Miller, 37 was dead, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Thompson and Miller were driving to Durango and crashed sometime between Oct. 16 and 18, the patrol said. Officers estimated Thompson was driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone at the time of the accident.

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo went off the left side of the road and hit a tree, causing it to roll onto the driver’s side, Cpl. Duane Larson of the State Patrol said.

Larson said he believes no one noticed the car for a while because its undercarriage faced the road and blended in with trees, buildings and scrap metal.

Emergency workers didn’t see Thompson in the car until they turned it upright, Master Trooper Bill Carlson said.

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They also recovered a dog from the wreckage.

Investigators said neither Thompson nor Miller was wearing a seat belt.

“We thank God that she is alive,” Raymond Lecuyer of Delta, a friend of Thompson’s, told The Denver Post. “It’s an amazing story, for sure.”

Larson said the State Patrol is investigating whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

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DENVER (AP) ” U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo says his campaign against illegal immigrants is gaining traction after about 300 people showed up for a forum on immigration reform at the University of Denver.

About 40 people protested outside the event.

“It’s gratifying to see this thing move. It’s everywhere, everyone, every color, every stripe. It’s from every ethnic background,” the Republican Colorado congressman said Saturday.

Tancredo has visited several leading presidential primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, to test the political waters. He said it is not his goal to make a serious run for the presidency, but he wants to make sure a tough immigration policy is part of the Republican Party’s plank.

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