Deputies locate stranded motorist in Hematite Township

HEMATITE TOWNSHIP — The Iron County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to be prepared in case they become stranded in winter weather following an incident early Saturday morning.

At 5:40 a.m., deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene, where a stranded motorist stuck in the snow. Poor cell phone reception and a language barrier made locating the individual difficult.

After approximately two hours of searching for the individual, he was located in the remote area near Bone Lake stuck in an unplowed two track. Investigators then discovered that the driver was from another state and was unfamiliar with the area.

The driver was also using GPS directions, which led him on the wrong route to his destination. A tow truck pulled the vehicle out of the snow and the individual was able to continue towards his destination.

Iron County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Iron County Central Dispatch and K&D Towing out of Iron River.

Sheriff Valesano reminds motorists to prepare and equip themselves with basic emergency gear in case motorists find themselves stranded in winter weather, including:

  • Water
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candle, for heat and light
  • Snow brush and ice-scraper
  • Package of cat litter, for tire traction
  • Small shovel
  • Hats, waterproof gloves and boots, and a heavy blanket
  • Matches and flares
  • Well-charged cell phone