Stranded family of four sleeps in their truck

A family of four that spent Sunday night atop Grand Mesa should serve as an object lesson for how to deal with the coming high-
country winter, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Scott Wall, his wife, Jenna, and two children drove up Lands End Road only to get stuck in a snowbank.

The Walls remained in their truck overnight, and Scott Wall walked about four miles to Colorado Highway 65 the next morning, where he flagged down some snowmobilers for help.

None of the Walls was injured, but they might have had some mild dehydration, Lt. Jim Fogg said Monday.

The Sheriff’s Department routinely deals with people getting stuck this time of year, especially on Lands End Road, he said. It might appear that roads in winter are only dusted with snow.

“It’s very deceiving,” he said. “They look like nothing, but all of a sudden you’re stuck.”

Wintertime driving in the high country requires appropriate clothing, food and water, even for people who don’t plan to get out of their vehicles, Fogg said.

One reason the Walls had to spend the night was the lack of cell phone service,  so travelers should take that into account. If stuck, drivers should make sure that exhaust pipes are clear, so lethal fumes don’t migrate into the passenger compartment, he said.


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