In this undated photo taken by her son, Marie Corine Bastide lays in her hospital bed at the University Hospital of Liege in Liege, Belgium. Bastide, who was involved in a car accident on the night of July 23, 2019, during one of Belgium's record breaking heat waves, survived for six days in her wrecked car in a ditch before being rescued. (Hadrien Riga via AP)

Belgian woman survives heat wave ordeal trapped in a car

August 02, 2019 - 4:36 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian woman who spent six days trapped in her overturned car during one of the country's hottest periods on record says thoughts of her children helped her to focus on staying alive.

Corine Bastide ran off the road into woods last week near the southeast city of Liege. It was only when relatives were putting up missing posters this week that they spotted the vehicle.

Bastide, aged 46, told state broadcaster RTBF on Wednesday that during the first night entombed in her car her cellphone rang constantly as her family searched desperately for her but she was in such pain she couldn't reach it.

Temperatures in Belgium rose to over 40 C (104 F) last week, but Bastide survived on rain water she collected during a weekend storm.