US family stuck in snowdrift for 2 days

2011-12-22 11:20
Albuquerque - Rescuers on Wednesday pulled a Texas family from a car that had been buried in a snowdrift for nearly two days on a rural highway in the south-western state of New Mexico.

State police say rescuers had to dig through 1.2m of ice and snow to free the Higgins family of Santa Fe, whose red Yukon got stuck on the US 56 highway near Springer when a blizzard moved through the area on Monday.

Police say David and Yvonne Higgins and their 5-year-old daughter were clinging to each other and lethargic when they were found at about 02:45 on Wednesday morning. The family is recovering at Miners Colfax Medical Centre in Raton.

State police say they got a distress call and launched a search for the family on Tuesday evening.

The Higgins were among 32 vehicles state police and guardsmen rescued from the storm, but they were the only ones who police say needed medical attention.

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