Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Texas Woman Mistakes Wastewater Pond for Snake River

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Here's your head-shaker of the day: A Texas woman spent days in her car stuck in a wastewater pond on a Burley dairy after she apparently mistook the pond for the Snake River. Seriously.

The Times News reports (and thanks to Kevin Richert at the Idaho Statesman for the heads up) that the 61-year-old woman asked a local police officer for directions on Jan. 15. He told her how to get from south Burley to hotels on the north side of town—just follow the road and cross the bridge over the Snake River.

Apparently, while driving past a dairy, Lynn S. Keesler of Houston assumed that the pond was the river she was supposed to cross and decided to drive around the edge, where she got stuck in the mud. She stayed in her car, flashing her headlights and eating peanut M&Ms—that is until the water level began to rise when crews on the dairy began filling the ponds.

Kessler then got out of her car and walked to a nearby home, where the residents called the police. While she is reportedly no worse for her experience, the rental car (which was already 10 days late being returned when she got stuck) was completely submerged in the wastewater pond by the time the authorities arrived to pull it out.

We're guessing she's not going to get her deposit back on that one.


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