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Trapped in car for 16 days.

Byline: ANDY LINES

A DRIVER survived for 16 days trapped in his sports car buried under 4ft of snow.

Thomas Truett had just a carton of orange juice, a bottle of water and a packet of sweets to help him through his ordeal.

The 29-year-old had such severe hypothermia he had taken off most of his clothes in the sub-zero temperatures, believing he was too hot.

He was so weak, his skin had turned grey and the only words he was able to say to his rescuers were: "Thank you."

They found a scrawled note from Truett to his parents inside the car, saying goodbye as he thought he would soon die.

He became stranded when his 1970 sports car broke down in a forest in Oregon, USA.

He holed up in the car, leaving on several occasions to try and light fires with his cigarette lighter until it ran out of fuel.

But heavy snows buried the car and he was trapped inside until a couple stumbled across him.

Truett, who had gone AWOL from the Air Force, is recovering in hospital, where he was "stable" last night.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 28, 2000
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