Man Survives 5 Days In Snowed-In Vehicle, With Only Taco Sauce Packets

March 04, 2019 - 4:47 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Oregon authorities say a man whose vehicle became trapped in deep snow late last month survived for five days in part by consuming packets of taco sauce.

Jeremy Taylor also drank melted ice as he waited with his dog, which accompanied the 36-year-old on what was supposed to be an off-roading trip.

The misadventure began Feb. 24, when Taylor’s four-wheel-drive vehicle became stuck in snow, near Bend, Oregon, Taylor’s aunt, Denise Tremaine, tells The Associated Press.  

He first tried to snow-shoe his way out of it, but the dog, Ally, an Australian shepherd, could not navigate the deep snow, the relative said.

So, the two hunkered down inside the vehicle, with Taylor occasionally turning the engine on to run the heat. He had a few packets of taco sauce to consume (reportedly, Taco Bell Fire Sauce), but that was it, the aunt said.

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"He didn't take the provisions he should have. I gave him a little of that talk and I'm just glad he's alive, because I think there was a point there when he didn't think he was going to make it," Tremaine said.

Additional snow fell while search parties began looking for Taylor, who is described as a self-employed contractor.

A snowmobiler found Taylor and his dog on Friday. A tractor eventually took the man and his pet to safety.

Taylor has tried to keep a low profile, declining media requests for interviews and not returning messages from Taco Bell, the AP reports.

"Jeremy is very, very quiet and he doesn't want the limelight. He is just incredibly sorry and slightly embarrassed that so many people were out looking for him," Tremaine said.

On Friday, Taylor offered this message on Facebook: "Thank you everyone, I'm safe my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, lets never do that again. I'll be in touch with everyone soon."