Local driver stranded on road overnight in whiteout conditions

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MADISON--One woman is relieved, yet still shaken after a dangerous situation in whiteout conditions over the weekend. Amanda Fedele is sending the message to drivers that it's important to pay attention to who needs help on the road.

Fedele tells Fox 8 she was stranded Friday night on I-90 westbound in Wickliffe. She was snowed-in and because her smartphone lost battery power, she says she couldn't get help. Fedele spent the night in her vehicle.

"My car was covered in snow like right away, I couldn't see anything, my windows were covered, I couldn't see anything," Fedele said.

"I knew in my heart she was freezing and we couldn't do anything, we were very emotional," said Carrie Fedele, Amanda's mom.

Thankfully after a family and friend-led search, Amanda was found unharmed on Saturday morning.

The family tells Fox 8 that with all of the cell phones out there, it can be taken for granted that people are getting the help they need.

Amanda's dad says it happens all of the time.

"You take it for granted there are cell phones --someone will help them, I'm guilty of that myself," Paul Fedele said.