The Donner Pass has claimed another victim.
The California Highway Patrol has discovered a Jeep Cherokee buried under 20 feet of snow on the side of a road outside of Truckee.
The area sees some of the highest snowfall in the United States and has been hit particularly hard this year, with walls of snow bordering many of its major roads.
I-80 no chain controls at this time. Drive safe and enjoy the beautiful day.. pic.twitter.com/kQBAWUV6WN— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) February 25, 2017
The police told Jalopnik that the Jeep was likely abandoned on the side of the road, plowed under, and further entombed by the giant snowblowers that keep the road clear. Apparently one of them seriously damaged the truck as it was carving a canyon into the snow, which led to its discovery.
A broken rear window reveals that the interior is empty, so its owner wasn’t trapped in it. The CHP doesn’t know who that is, and covered the license plate in the photo posted on its Facebook page, but if you left it there, you hopefully remember.
Just don’t head back to retrieve it anytime soon. Since it’s not blocking the road, and sits under layers of stratified snow and ice, the police are leaving it up to Mother Nature to thaw it out.
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