MOTOQUA — A man was rescued by Washington County Search and Rescue Saturday evening after his truck got stuck in snow on a back road in the Motoqua area.
Around 8 p.m., a man driving a full-sized Toyota pickup truck was exploring when he got stuck in snow on a back road off Old Highway 91, Washington County Search and Rescue Commander Mike Thomas said. After walking about a mile to get cellphone service, the man was able to call 911.
“We were able to get the GPS coordinates when he called through the 911 system,” Thomas said. “We knew the area and it matched the man’s description of the area.”
The area is in the middle of the mountains and it’s easy to get lost, Thomas said, so the man was asked to walk back to his truck and stay there.
Two search and rescue teams responded to the area. One team followed the man’s tracks in from the west side of the road and the other team led by Thomas came in from the east side by Enterprise Reservoir.
“When there’s snow, you never know what you’re going to find,” Thomas said.
The man was located in his truck around 10 p.m. He had food, water, warm clothes and a full tank of gas.
Snow drifts from the wind made the top layer of snow crusty and hard to break through once the truck got stuck, Thomas said. After crews hooked the vehicle up and pulled it out and up the hill, the man was able to drive his truck out, he said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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