Driver buried for hours in snowstorm found by New York State sergeant

Posted at 6:13 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:45:33-05

A driver stranded for hours in Thursday's snowstorm is recovering after a New York State sergeant found him under nearly four feet of snow.

On Dec. 17, State Police in Troop C continued to respond to calls related to the overnight snowstorm. That Thursday morning, Zone Sergeant Jason Cawley contacted Tioga County 911 to see if any emergency calls were pending due to the storm.

Sgt. Cawley was told they had received a number of 911 calls from a man who had run off the road and needed assistance, but law enforcement in the area had not found the driver.

Sgt. Cawley then drove to the section of State Route 17C in the town of Owego, patrolled the area himself but also did not find the driver.

While driving, Sgt. Cawley saw what appeared to be a row of mailboxes and waded through the snow to check the addresses. While digging, he hit the windshield of a car. Inside the car was the driver who had been making 911 call, Kevin Kresen, 58, of Candor.

After speaking with the driver, he had been plowed in by a truck and the car covered with close to four feet of snow.

Stranded for more than 10 hours, with no heat due to a broken serpentine belt, the man was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite.

He was removed from the vehicle and taken to Lourdes Hospital for treatment.