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Man in mountain car crash survived 6 days on leaves, bugs

September 30, 2011

A 67-year-old man whose car plunged 200 feet down a mountain in the Angeles National Forest survived for six days by eating bugs and leaves and drinking creek water, his family told KTLA-TV Channel 5 Thursday night.

David Lavau was with another person in the vehicle when it went off Lake Hughes Road north of Castaic on Friday.

His car was spotted Thursday evening by family members and friends who had formed a search party. They alerted the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"I looked down and saw my dad's car," Sean Lavau told the TV station. "My heart dropped."

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