Kicker – Buried by a snowplow

NICK EICHER, HOST: You no doubt heard about the major snowstorm that blanketed the northeast last week.

What you may not have heard about…


…was the man trapped overnight when a passing snowplow buried him and his car.

Kevin Kresen drove his Ford Fusion into a ditch and shortly afterward found himself beneath four feet of snow.

He couldn’t get the car out, obviously. Nor could he get out of the car. And he was having a tough time getting a cellphone signal out, too. He was in a rural area near Binghamton with spotty cell service to begin with.

What calls did go through provided enough of a geolocation that authorities could draw a three-mile perimeter.

He spent 10 hours trapped inside. At long last, a state policeman just happened to punch through snow that covered a window of Kresen’s car.

Sergeant Jason Cawley—a 22-year police veteran—dug Kresen out and got him treated right away.

He suffered extreme hypothermia and frostbite and had gotten to the point where he wasn’t even shivering anymore.

Sergeant Cawley estimated Kresen had maybe an hour of life left. 

Almost goes without saying, he was grateful for the rescue.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/New York State Police)

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