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WI man buried alive in snow

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JANESVILLE, WI (NBC) - Joe Latta knows he's lucky to be alive.

"I should have known better," he says.

A simple trip down the driveway of his Janesville, Wisconsin home almost cost him his life.

During the height of Wednesday morning's blizzard Latta fell in a snow bank while trying to get his mail.

That was 5 am. He was stuck and things were about to get much worse.

Latta says he never heard the plow coming, but when it did come by and push the mound of snow next to his mailbox he was covered from head to toe.

He says he remembers being covered with snow, his whole body buried.

Latta laid there for four hours.

At 9 am neighbor Betsy Nelson was looking out her window to check out the snow drifts when she thought she saw a small animal burrowing into the snow bank.

"I thought something is not right. I just didn't have a good feeling. I saw it come up and down several times, kind of digging it's way out of whatever," she said.

She called neighbor Todd Herrington, an off duty firefighter, who went to check it out.

He realized it was Latta and immediately began digging.

"I thought there was no way that he could be alive," Herrington said.

Buried under more than two feet, nose and eyes plugged with snow, Latta was still conscious and breathing.

After four hours buried under the snow Latta was free.

He was freezing and was rushed to the hospital but now is back home, amazingly no worse for the wear.

"It was fairly frightening," he says.

As you might expect both rescuers say the other deserves the credit, but Latta gives credit to both, saying if it weren't for them he knows he wouldn't be here today.
 
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