RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A family from Iowa tried to drive to Rapid City for a vacation but the winter storm had different plans for them. The Wall Fire Chief and a Pennington County Sheriff's deputy rescued the family Wednesday night.
After receiving an emergency call late Wednesday night from dispatch, this snow cat started its engine. A woman and three children, ages between five and nine, were vacationing heading toward Rapid City.
They wanted to see Mount Rushmore National Memorial but the winter storm changed their plans. On I-90, the car crossed lanes and ended up in a ditch on the eastbound lane near mile marker 115.
"It was so windy that I was standing beside her and I couldn't hardly even hear what she was saying. She was emotional, scared and the children were running around screaming and crying cause they had no idea where they were or what was going on. It was very traumatizing for them," Pennington County Sheriff's Deputy Lisa Anderson-Pelton said.
"She had a cell phone, she had water, she had food for the kids. By the time we got there the kids were asleep in the car. They were ok but we finally got them out and took us a little bit over an hour to get down to get back to Wall,"Wall Fire Chief Jim Kitterman said.
The family was brought back to the station where they were given food, blankets and a place to sleep. Anderson-Pelton says Wednesday night was the worst weather conditions she has ever seen. She says as single mom with three children of her own, this story touched her the most.
"It is traumatizing and it is a scary situation. So, you know when you can go to somebody's aid like that and you can make their day and comfort them and let them know you made their day and bring them back to safety, its a good feeling," Anderson-Pelton said.
The Iowa family picked up their car from a tow truck company and left Friday morning.