A man who was trapped for days in his wrecked pickup truck was rescued Tuesday after two fishermen spotted the wreckage along Interstate 94 near Portage, Indiana.
Nivardo Delatorre and his father-in-law Mario Garcia said they were walking along Salt Creek, looking for fishing spots, when they spotted the truck under an overpass.
They looked in the truck and found a man inside. Garcia said they thought he was dead and reached out to touch him when the man woke up, turned his head toward them and started talking.
“He had a jacket almost like mine and all I saw was this part, the shoulder,” Garcia said. “The moment I touched the shoulder, he turned around. He woke up.”
The driver told the men he had been stuck since December 20. The van had crashed under an underpass, where it could not be seen from the highway above.
The man, aged in his 20s, was flown to a South Bend hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield.
“Frankly, it’s a miracle that he’s alive. With this weather, we have been fortunate here this Christmas season that our temperatures have been, as you all know, above normal. » Fifield said during a press conference. “So that worked in this individual’s favor.”
Delatorre told reporters: “We were put there for a reason. »
The driver’s name has not been released. He was not reported missing, Fifield said.
Portage is approximately 31 miles southeast of Chicago.
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