Woman's hand gets caught under car bonnet for 18 hours

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A woman in her 70s survived getting her hand trapped underneath the bonnet of her car and spending 18 hours standing outside in harsh weather conditions in Portland, Oregan.

The woman got her hand caught when the bonnet slammed on it and clicked the latch making it impossible for her to remove her arm, KPHO-TV reported.

She screamed for help throughout the night but her cries were not heard until the morning when a neighbour rode through the area on horseback.

Lt. Mike Penunuri of the Molalla Fire Department told ABC News that she was wearing heavy clothing, which may have saved her life.

"She was dressed in several layers of clothing, several shirts, outer garments, a vest, a coat, and heavy pants.

"I'm not sure if she was working outside or just went to connect her battery charger. I've done this - I've gone out in jeans and tennis shoes to do something really quick. If she had done that, I don't think she would have survived. The hypothermia would have killed her."

She is currently in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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