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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