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SH man located area after two nights in snow


January 8, 2020

A Sweet Home man spent two nights trapped in the snow after crashing his pickup in the Moose Creek area east of Cascadia.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a report of a crash about 10.5 miles up U.S. Forest Service roads north of Highway 20 at 2:23 p.m. on Dec. 29.

According to Linn County Sheriff’s Office records, the owner of a logging company happened upon a 2004 Ford pickup that was on the side of the road in the snow up against a tree. He drove by the pickup, which appeared to have been there for several days.

His intuition told him to go back and check on the pickup, according to LCSO records. When he did, Gino Marcoccia, 45, of Sweet Home, who had been reported missing, opened the door of the pickup. He was covered with blood. He told the passerby he had crashed his pickup Friday night, Dec. 27, while driving around.

“He did have some non-life-threatening injuries,” said LCSO Lt. Michelle Duncan. Marcoccia was transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

He was later transferred to Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

“He is doing all right,” said his wife, Teneil Marcoccia. He has a sort of “pre-frostbite” in his feet, and he suffered significant blood loss from a cut caused by a tree during the crash. He had no food or water.

“He’s alive,” she said. “I’m happy.”


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