CNN PRODUCER NOTE Jacob Eberhart, his wife, and two other friends were trapped in their Yukon SUV since the afternoon of October 4 until the following morning when snow plows were able to dig them out.
The group became stranded while driving through Sturgis, South Dakota. A strong snowstorm swept over the roadway they were driving on, causing a whiteout and making the road impassable. Once they were stuck on the road, they called the local police, who said they were unable to come out and get the stranded motorists until the next morning.
Originally from Georgia, but now currently based out of Denver, Colorado, Eberhart says he has never experience a whiteout like this before. The group had to sleep in their car overnight as intense winds rocked the vehicle, piling snow up along the car doors. The group huddled together to stay warm and conserve gas, and lined the doors of their car with clothing for insulation. They also ate the remaining snacks that they purchased while at a gas station earlier in the day before getting trapped in their car.
The morning that they were rescued, Eberhart says snow plows arrived to clear the roadways, and they were able to drive to a local hotel and wait out the rest of the blizzard-like weather.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer