Stranded Under Feet Of Snow Driver Tells Dramatic Story Of Survival On New York Highway

A driver stranded on a New York highway, covered under feet of snow for over 24 hours, is telling his dramatic story of survival. The man became trapped while on his morning commute on Tuesday, as blankets of the white stuff kept falling in the Buffalo area thanks to the lake effect snows.

Speaking to Mashable over the phone, the man tells how he spent hours not knowing whether somebody would actually come to his rescue. As he sat in his truck waiting, he was able to communicate with the outside world via Twitter and posted a couple of astounding photos of what it looked like around him.

Here’s how the story of this New York driver stranded in the snow storm begins.

“SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF WEST SENECA, NEW YORK — I am sitting in my truck surrounded by snow that looks like it’s somewhere around four-feet high on all sides around me.”

“I’ve been here, just past the 400 exit on Interstate 90, for more than 24 hours now.”

“I know that the New York State Thruway Authority and the National Guard are all working to dig people out, but I’m not entirely certain exactly what’s taking so long.”

This driver was not alone. Hundreds of other commuters had to be rescued from under several feet of snow this week — and not only on New York highways but in residential neighborhoods — after storms pounded the area.

The man explained what he saw around him while being trapped overnight inside his truck.

“I have three tractor-trailers to my right, a car in front of me and one behind me. I have a snow plow stuck a couple cars behind me as well. As far as I know, there are people in the cars, but I can’t really tell. It’s hard to see them because, overnight, the snow was still piling up.”

He ventured outside a few times, but nothing was happening as far as rescue efforts and he got cold and wet unnecessarily. As a resident of New York, he said he was prepared with supplies such as water and blankets; however, he was concerned about conserving gas.


This whole ordeal began when the driver headed to work at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was strange, he says, that there were no winter weather warnings.

Luckily, David was finally rescued before 9 a.m. on Wednesday. He tweeted the good news for all to see.

Have you been affected by the incredible amounts of snow that have stranded hundreds of drivers in New York? Share your pics with us.

[Image via David Chronis/Twitter]