Crash victim survives 6 frigid days without food or water in ravine in Colorado

A man survived six frigid days trapped in a car in a ravine in Colorado -- with no food or water.

This morning, Richard Koester is in a Colorado Springs hospital, battered and bruised.

But he is finally able to talk about his ultimate test of survival.

"I thought I was in a dream," Koester said.

The 36-year-old's speech still garbled from that fateful day in mid October when he was riding in a truck driven by 59-year-old Ronald Mohr, of Silver Cliff.

That's when the truck crashed down a ravine off U.S. Highway 50 about 5 miles west of Canon City.

Mohr died of his injuries.

Koester was trapped.

"I remember telling myself I can't move, I can't get out of this truck," Koester told ABC News Reporter Clayton Sandell.

Koester spent six frigid days and nights, with no food, no water, and no one coming to help.

Many details of how he survived, Koester says, he can't remember.

"I stuck my arm out the big hole in the back of the truck and was yelling for help."

With hope fading, miraculously a highway worker finally spots the truck six days after the crash.

"He was just in pieces. It looked so bad," said Barbara Dial, Koester's mother.

Koester lost both legs. But he considers himself lucky.

"I think God has a plan for me," Koester said.

His mother considers the day he was rescued, Oct. 17, his new birthday.