Jenison woman stuck in Ky. snowstorm all night

Sarah McIntyre was stranded in Kentucky due to snow. (Courtesy photo - March 4, 2015)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WOOD) — A West Michigan woman and two friends were stranded in a snowstorm in Kentucky for about 10 hours.

The storm left hundreds of cars struggling along roads covered in some two feet of snow. Sarah McIntyre of Jenison was among those stalled in the snow between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

She and two friends were headed to Kentucky for triathlon training, banking on warmer weather. But by the time they reached Indianapolis, there was snow falling and by the time they reached Louisville, it was coming down much harder.

Then, around 9 p.m. Wednesday, traffic on I-65 came to a dead stop.

McIntyre was told by a trucker nearby that several semi-trucks were blocking the way and several cars couldn’t make it up slippery hills on the freeway.

She and her friends sat in their car with no other option but to wait.

“Fortunately, we had almost a full tank of gas, so we were able to keep the car running most of the time to stay warm,” McIntyre told 24 Hour News 8 in a phone interview. “And because we were coming down here for a trip with a bunch of girlfriends, we had a ton of food in the car. We didn’t have a ton of water, but we had enough to get by, and we had some blankets, and warm clothes and boots and we were pretty well-prepared for weather. We chatted for the first few hours, and then we tried to get a little bit of sleep.”

The three finally got moving around 7 a.m. Thursday and reached their destination around noon.

McIntyre said roads were still bad.

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