Police rescue man trapped in his car for 10 hours during snow storm

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OWEGO, NY – While driving through Owego during this week’s winter storm, a man’s car broke down on the side of the road.   Passing snow plows covered his car completely in a mountain of snow and he wasn’t able to get out.   Despite making numerous 9-1-1 calls, police were unable to locate the vehicle because it was covered completely in snow.

On Thursday morning New York State Trooper Sergeant Jason Cawley went out looking.  Sgt. Cawley learned Tioga County had received a number of 911 calls for a driver who ran off the road and needed assistance but had not been located.

Sgt. Cawley drove to the section of State Route 17C in the town of Owego, but also did not find the driver. While patrolling,  Cawley saw what appeared to be a row of mailboxes and waded through the snow to check the addresses.

While digging, he hit the windshield of a car and inside was the subject who had been making 911 calls. Stranded for more than 10 hours, with no heat due to a broken serpentine belt, the man was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite. He was removed from the vehicle and taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment.
After speaking with the driver, Troopers learned he had been plowed in by a truck and his car covered with close to four feet of snow. The actions of Sergeant Cawley no doubt saved the driver’s life.


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