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Man Trapped in Car for 13 Hours: 'Hot Is Not the Word'

Perfect storm of electrical issues, no cell phone contributed to Pete Pyros' situation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2018 12:15 PM CDT
A stock photo of a key fob.   (Getty Images/Chimpinski)

(Newser) – An electrical mishap sent Pete Pyros to hell last week—or what felt like it. The 75-year-old Cleveland man is sharing his story after finding himself trapped in his stiflingly hot 2006 Cadillac for 13 hours. He tells FOX 8 that he pulled into his garage and found that the car's electrical system wasn't working, meaning he couldn't unlock the doors. His key fob was similarly dead, and he didn't have a cell phone on him. He was trapped in the car, screaming and punching the windows, to no avail. "Hot is not the word," he says of his experience. "Hot is not the word. I felt like I was in hell."

A neighbor ultimately heard what sounded like pounding, scaled Pyros' fence, and found him in the fogged-up car; firefighters were able to get him out. FOX 8 spoke with a General Motors rep who says the power lock section of their owners manual explains what to do in the event of a power failure; Pyros was without his manual, so he was unaware there was an emergency lever along the lower frame of the door. He says he may sue over the incident. (Read more hot cars stories.)

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