Woman in rollover crash sends life-saving, one-word text

- “A cell phone, warm clothes, a seat belt and a concerned husband are the heroes of a Valentine’s Day story that could have ended in tragedy,” the Minnesota State Patrol said in a Facebook post.

A woman was driving to work just after 6 a.m. on Feb. 14 when she slid on an icy curve and rolled into a ditch off Pembina Trail, a rural and seldom-traveled road in Pennington County, near the North Dakota border. The woman lost consciousness inside her flipped car, with dangerously cold temperatures outside.

About two hours later, the woman regained consciousness and sent a text message to her husband that simply said, “Help.” The husband called 911 and found his wife about 5 miles from home. The woman was taken to the hospital with only a broken wrist. The State Patrol says her seat belt and warm clothes likely saved her life.

“Drivers should dress for the weather in inclement conditions,” the State Patrol said. “This woman’s warm clothing helped her withstand the cold and prevented a tragic end to this story.”

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