DUNKIRK, N.Y., Dec. 11 (UPI) — Authorities said Friday that as many as 100 stranded individuals had to be rescued from vehicles on the New York State Thruway because of heavy snow.
New York State Police said with snow forcing the closure of the highway Thursday, authorities used snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles to rescue drivers and passengers trapped inside snowbound vehicles, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported.
State Police Lt. Eugene Staniszewski said portions of the Thruway had yet to be cleared by plows Friday during the winter storm.
“It’s not expected to open tonight if the weather stays the way it is,” Staniszewski said.
State Police Capt. Michael P. Nigrelli asked for information about stranded drivers who may be facing potential medical emergencies so those individuals could be located immediately.
“If folks have been in touch with stranded loved ones having a medical emergency, they will go to the top of the list. Just try and provide us with a description of the car,” Nigrelli told the Buffalo News. “Anything that we can zero in on them.”
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