New Hampshire Woman Trapped in Car for Over Nine Hours

Fire officials took over 45 minutes to rescue her

Epping NH
Epping New Hampshire Fire Department

A 70-year-old New Hampshire woman spent a frigid night trapped in her car after crashing in a remote wooded area late Monday night.

Fire officials said Janis Carthcart hit the soft shoulder of the roadway on Route 27 in Epping around 10 p.m. and veered off into the woods. Her car hit some trees and rocks before coming to rest on its side near the Brentwood town line.

Carthcart was trapped for nearly nine hours before a passing vehicle noticed her car and called for help at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.

It took fire officials 45 minutes to free her due to the vehicle being flipped on its side.

Carthcart said she couldn't find her cell phone to call for help, and after realizing that she was trapped, crawled into the backseat of her car and used some clothing and blankets to stay warm in the 30 degree temperatures.

Fire officials said she suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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