A New York man is lucky to be alive after spending more than 10 hours buried under 4 feet (1219 mm) of snow.
According to the New York State Police, 58 year old Kevin Kresen went off the side of the road during a recent snowstorm. While that’s bad enough, a snow plow came by and buried his car.
Kresen made a number of calls to 911 asking for assistance and officers responded. However, his car was buried under so much snow, they couldn’t locate it. Making matters even worse was the fact that the serpentine belt was broken, meaning Kresen was trapped without heat.
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Thankfully, his luck changed the following morning as Sergeant Jason Cawley contacted Tioga County 911 to see if any emergency calls were pending from the snowstorm. He was informed about Kresen, so he started searching for him along State Route 17C in the town of Owego.
However, he was unsuccessful as the car was covered by the snow. Despite this, Cawley noticed “what appeared to be a row of mailboxes and waded through the snow to check the addresses.”
In a miraculous turn of events, Cawley hit the windshield of Kresen’s car while digging to check on the mailboxes. He then freed the man after being trapped in his car for more than ten hours. Following the rescue, Kresen was taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and frostbite.