Blizzard Traps Woman in Her Car for 3 Days

She was rescued Monday thanks to a concerned neighbor
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2016 6:10 PM CST
Blizzard Traps Woman in Her Car for 3 Days
A car is buried under snow on Tuesday in Washington DC. A woman trapped in her car by the blizzard over the weekend in Maryland was finally rescued Monday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A concerned neighbor may have saved the life of a woman suffering from hypothermia and living in her car during last weekend's massive snow storm in Maryland, the AP reports. According to WJLA, the woman was trapped inside her car when it was buried by snow Friday, and she wasn't freed until Monday. The area had received about 20 inches of snow in that time, Fox 5 reports. Neighbor Stephen Mackey tells the AP the unnamed woman bought a house on the block but was living in her car because the house was condemned. She refused help prior to the storm and decided to "ride out the weekend blizzard" inside her vehicle. "My wife and I had some major concerns about her well-being," Mackey says.

By Monday, Mackey was concerned enough to call the authorities, the AP reports. Soldiers from the Maryland National Guard used a Humvee to get emergency responders to the woman. According to WJLA, the car was located on a side street that hadn't been plowed yet. The woman had run out of gas sometime during the weekend, leaving her with only blankets to keep warm, Fox reports. According to the AP, the woman initially resisted rescue. She was conscious and uninjured when eventually transported to the hospital, WJLA reports. According to the AP, she received treatment for hypothermia at the hospital. (More uplifting news stories.)

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