One teenager is recovering in the hospital after she crashed her car in southwest Iowa and was stranded there for hours.
“It just felt so long and I was scared that no one would ever find me,” said Taylor Peatrowsky.
The 17-year-old said she lost control of the car while taking a drink of water. She went into the ditch when the car flipped and landed in a creek.
Peatrowsky said she shouted for help but no one could hear her. Her injuries were so bad she couldn’t get out of the freezing car.
“I found a dry sweatshirt in my car and put it over my arms and legs. I just clenched my hands together to try to keep blood moving,” Peatrowsky said.
She stayed in her car for more than three hours until a neighbor found her.
She broke her pelvis and has several bruises from the crash. Peatrowsky will need surgery and several months of recovery time from the accident.