Woman Crashes Car, Waits Hours In Freezing Temperatures For Help

A woman crashed her car in Lenoir County this weekend and was stranded for nearly 10 hours in freezing temperatures before anyone noticed she had wrecked.

Troopers say between 11:00 p.m and midnight Sunday night, Trifine Knudsen sailed through a stop sign and off the road at least 50 feet into the woods near highway 55 and Burncoat Road. Knudsen waited it out for nearly 10 hours and crawled to a nearby cotton field before someone noticed the car. She was treated for minor injuries and warmed up after a night in the freezing cold. Investigators say Knudsen should consider herself more than just lucky.

"It could have been a whole lot worse, had she hit a tree, like with the top of the car or something like that, it could crush the top of the car in," said Trooper G.D. Ipock.

Ipock says the Highway Patrol does not believe alcohol was a factor in this case.

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  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Nov 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    If she only had minor injuries then why in the world didn't she walk to someone's house and ask for help? There are plenty of homes in that area.
  • by Me Location: Ayden on Nov 1, 2011 at 02:30 AM
    Have a missed something? I thought freezing was 32 F. I don't think we have had a freeze yet. Stop being so dramatic with your headlines.
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      by DUH! on Nov 1, 2011 at 06:03 AM in reply to Me
      I am not sure if Pitt County has had a freeze "frost" but Wilson, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Nash counties have...so tread lightly and watch how over dramatic you are!
  • by thomas Location: Wayne on Oct 31, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    Glad she is ok!Everything good happens after 11 I know I don't have as many hours to work!
  • by Patsy Cline on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    Didn't you ever hear the saying "Nothing GOOD happens after 11pm"
  • by Light A Fire on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    She should have burned the coat to keep warm.
  • by CC on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    Sure glad she is okay.

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