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Authorities rescue stranded motorist in Eaton County amid freezing conditions

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 16:56:57-05

ONEIDA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities responded to an incident involving a stranded motorist in the area of Fees Road and Old Saginaw yesterday morning, according to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

We’re told a 42-year-old woman from Mulliken was driving west on Saginaw Highway when she got her Chevrolet Blazer trapped in a snow drift. The sheriff's office says she started heading west on foot in heavy snowfall and subzero wind chills after being unable to acquire cell service. They add that she was not wearing clothing suitable for the weather.

She was later able to find a signal and called 9-1-1, authorities say, adding that she had been in the elements for nearly two hours.

Eaton County sheriffs say officers encountered difficulties in reaching the woman due to snow and acquired help from several plow drivers to clear the roads.

We’re told the stranded motorist was then found on Saginaw east of Benton Road, whereupon authorities sat her in the back of a patrol car until EMS arrived to transport her to a hospital. Sheriffs say she was in the early stages of frost bite.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office wishes to remind everyone to keep blankets in their vehicles and to dress for freezing temperatures when winter arrives.

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