Mom finds son trapped in deserted arroyo

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A Carlsbad mom says pure instinct led her to her unconscious son who was trapped at the bottom of a 100-foot arroyo.

Eddy County Sheriff’s Deputies said Cory Lemon, 40, dozed off while driving and dropped his truck down into a deserted area Sunday leaving him stranded for hours.

“When my eyes opened the next thing I remember I was airborne,” said Lemon. “It shot me across both lanes of the little mountain highway.”

Lemon’s truck went head first hitting four boulders before coming to a stop.

“I was dead. I knew I was going to die,” said Lemon.

Lemon says at some point he woke up, called his friend and told him he’d just been in an accident.

Little did he know, his mom already knew something was wrong.

“I had a premonition that basically this had happened because I hadn’t heard from him,” said Lemon’s mom Valerie Cranston.

Cranston said a group of people drove along Highway 137 searching for any clues that may lead them to her son.

She says she stopped in a desolate area and had a feeling her son was nearby.

“I saw some vegetation flattened and I just screamed oh my God he’s down there,” said Cranston.

Lemon was air-lifted to a local hospital.

He was treated for serious bruising to his ribs.

Today, he’s back and thankful his mom never gave up on the search.

“I knew she’d come to me,” said Lemon.

Lemon was trapped in the arroyo for more than four hours.

He’s expected to make a full recovery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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