Snowstorm strands father and son overnight in North Summit |

Snowstorm strands father and son overnight in North Summit

Man and his teenage son volunteer to spend the night in their car

The Park Record

A man and his teenage son spent the night in their vehicle on Saturday after sliding off the road in North Summit during the snowstorm, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 11 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report that a vehicle left the road about 25 miles up Chalk Creek Road near the Whitney Reservoir.

The man contacted dispatch to request a tow truck and notify law enforcement officials of their location. Kacey Bates, a detective, said the tow company was unable to retrieve the vehicle that night due road conditions.

“Our search and rescue lieutenant contacted them to make sure they had everything they needed to make it through the morning,” Bates said.

Bates said the two men had food, fuel, water and items to keep them warm, adding “they were advised to contact us if they ran out of anything.” She said law enforcement officials were in contact with them overnight.

“There are a lot of factors that go into determining our ability to go and get someone,” Bates said. “We made sure they had the necessary items to not only survive, but be OK overnight until someone could come get them.

“We told them if they felt like they needed search and rescue to come up and get them we would,” she said. “But we never heard from them again.”

– Angelique McNaughton

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