South Lake Tahoe snowplow bumps into snow-covered car, finds woman OK inside |

South Lake Tahoe snowplow bumps into snow-covered car, finds woman OK inside

Authorities say a snowplow operator inadvertently bumped into a car buried in snow and found a woman unharmed inside.
City of South Lake Tahoe via AP

A woman who authorities believe was living in her car was rescued after a South Lake Tahoe snowplow inadvertently bumped into her vehicle, which was buried in snow.

The Feb. 17 incident was highlighted in a Tuesday news release urging drivers to take safety precautions in winter weather. The city has had problems with illegally parked vehicles, which slows snow removal.

The plow driver bumped into the car, popping open the vehicle’s trunk, according to the city. While shoveling around the vehicle to prepare for a tow, the woman put her hand on the window.

“She wasn’t trying to get out,” said Chris Fiore, city communications manager. “She wasn’t making any noise.”

The name of the woman was not released because police did not cite her for any violations, Fiore said. She declined medical attention and left and the vehicle was towed.

The woman said she’d been in the car for about five hours and seemed unconcerned about what could have happened had the snowplow not hit her vehicle, he said. The car’s battery was dead and she couldn’t roll down the windows.

“The truth is that this could have turned out very differently,” he said.

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