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Driver, 60, rescued after 14 hours in snow on Highway 20


February 13, 2019

Medic J.T. Weld, left, and Battalion Chief Eli Harris, of Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, build an impromtu trail down an embankment along Highway 20 Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, to rescue a motorist, being attended to below by other SHFAD personnel, after he ran off the road and spent 14 hours trapped in the snow with a broken leg and other injuries.

Scott Kessner spent approximately 14 hours stuck on a mountain hillside after crashing down a snowy embankment east of House Rock last week, but he said he wasn't particularly worried – despite a broken leg and some other injuries.

"I knew if I could make it through the night (someone would see the truck)," said Kessner, of Oakridge.

He was spotted about noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, by a truck driver, who called for help.

Kessner, 60, fractured his left leg and hurt his right shoulder in the crash.

"I found out I can fly," Kessner told The New Era last week. "I literally did it."

He was h...

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