A snowplow ran into this totally buried car in South Lake Tahoe. Inside was a 48-year-old woman, who authorities believe might have suffocated if she hadn’t been found. (Feb. 17, 2019, photo by City of South Lake Tahoe via AP)
Snow has piled up so high in South Lake Tahoe that even sitting in a parked car can be dangerous.
During a recent storm, a snowplow operator inadvertently hit a completely buried car that was illegally parked on a city easement. The impact popped open the trunk of the vehicle, city spokesman Chris Fiore said.
As workers dug around the car to prepare it for towing, they were startled to see a hand press against one of the windows. It belonged to a 48-year-old woman who had been inside for four or five hours. She was unharmed, but might have died had she not been freed from the car, Fiore said.
“With that much snow piled on top of the car … if the snowplow hadn’t hit the back of it we could be having a much different conversation,” Fiore told the Reno Gazette Journal. “She could have suffocated.”
The woman had no cell phone to use to call for help, KOLO in Reno reported. She walked off after refusing medical care.
South Lake Tahoe officials reminded people of the importance of removing cars out of snow removal areas during storms.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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