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Multiple people stranded after getting stuck on county roads

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BENTON COUNTY, WA.-- We've had hundreds of collisions called in due to the large amounts of snow on the ground. But lately, the Benton County Roads Department is also being kept busy pulling people, and their cars out of snow drifts on county roads.

So far, they've pulled dozens of semi-trucks, and at least ten cars out of the snow, and as department engineer, Matt Rasmussen, told KNDU on Saturday, some of those vehicles were abandoned, others with people in them who had been there for hours.

Earlier this week, one man even found himself stranded for more than a day after getting stuck near Jump-Off Joe. 

Matt also told us that if you do get stuck, it's in your best interest not to play the hero. 

"Don't try to dig yourself out if you don't think you can, especially if you're not equipped with warm weather gear. Just stay in the car, try to conserve your fuel and your cellphone battery, and someone will come to get you."

Currently, Nine Canyon Road and Finley Road are closed due to dangerous snow drifts, some as large as fifteen feet tall and hundreds of feet long.

If you're hoping not to get stuck at all, your best bet is to avoid county roads like those for the time being. 
 

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