- A 22-year-old woman has died after being trapped in her car during a snowstorm, the WSOC reports.
- Ander Taylor sent the family a video of what appeared to be a car window covered in snow.
- At least 27 people died in a storm in Buffalo, New York.
A 22-year-old woman in Buffalo, New York, has died after being stuck in her car for 18 hours during a deadly blizzard, reports say.
Anndel Taylor was returning home from work on Friday when she was stranded due to heavy snow, her family told WSOC, a local ABC affiliate based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the storm “the blizzard of the century,” and at least 27 people had died in Buffalo as of Monday afternoon, according to Erie County Executive Mark Polonkers.
According to the WSOC, Taylor’s family said Taylor told them in a group chat that it was starting to snow and sent a video of what appeared to be a car window covered in snow.
They added that she called 911, but emergency services weren’t there in time. Taylor’s mother said her daughter was going to sleep in the car and wait for the storm to pass before returning to her house.
“I feel like everyone who tried to get close to her got stuck,” Taylor’s sister Tomesia Brown told the outlet. This is a state famous for snow.”
The next day, Taylor was found dead in her car and her family estimated she had been trapped for 18 hours.
Authorities have not released a cause of death, but speculate that the mother died of carbon monoxide poisoning rather than hypothermia.
“The car was running, but it was still snowing, so the pipes and exhaust were clogged,” the mother told the WSOC. “Then after the car stopped, she froze.”
Shonequa Brown, Taylor’s other sister, said the family was “crying a lot” and there were still gifts for her under the Christmas tree.
A GoFundMe page set up by the family to pay for funeral expenses had raised over $9,600 at the time of writing.