March 6, 2021

Trapped in a car buried by snowplow, he called 911 all night long. A state trooper finally discovered him.

A stranded driver who called 911 all night long was finally rescued by a New York patrolman who found him stuck in a car buried under four feet of snow.

Kevin Kresen, 58, had driven off a roadway in the town of Owego, west of Binghamton, during Wednesday night’s snowstorm. He was on a stretch of road lined with houses, so he figured help would be close by.

He used his phone to make an emergency call – and while he was waiting for assistance, a snowplow passed and buried the car in which he was sitting.

He continued to call for help over the next 10 hours, but police officers couldn’t find his vehicle.

On Thursday morning, state police Sgt. Jason Cawley checked in with Tioga County dispatchers to see if any emergency calls were pending due to the storm. They told him of the spate of 911 calls from someone who could not be found.

Cawley drove to the area. He saw a row of mailboxes peeking up from a snowbank and waded over to check the street numbers. While he was digging, he uncovered a car’s windshield – and saw Kresen sitting in the car.

Because of a broken serpentine belt, the car had no heat, and Kresen was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite, the state patrol said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was expected to recover.


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