Woman stranded in severe weather for days, now deputies are warning drivers to be careful


    Woman stranded in severe weather for days, now deputies are warning drivers to be careful

    On Sunday, law enforcement responded to multiple car crashes, as well as cars in the ditch.

    The cause was driving too fast in the winter weather.

    Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Fleck was driving to work when he witnessed an accident.

    "The truck was attempting to negotiate the curve when he slid straight into an SUV, t-boning the SUV,” said Fleck.

    Now, deputies are sharing a shocking story to show drivers how dangerous it can be.

    "We had an incident out near Williamsville where a female driver was driving down the road, she lost control, she went so far off in the field that she was no longer visible from the roadway," said Fleck.

    The woman was trapped in her car and her phone was dead, so she couldn't even call for help.

    She spent three days trying to survive freezing temperatures in her car, living off Halloween candy and snow for water.

    "Fortunately for her she was okay but the potentials of sliding off a county road in weather conditions like this and not being found, it’s possible."

    That driver luckily had just filled up her gas tank, so she was able to turn her car on and off during the three days for heat.

    Now deputies are reminding all drivers if there's winter weather, fill up your gas tank, have a battery pack for your phone and keep blankets in your car because you never know what could happen.

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