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DES MOINES, Iowa Exclusive new video obtained by KCCI-TV shows just how dangerous last month's blizzard was for drivers and for the state troopers who had to rescue them.
Hundreds of vehicles were left in snowy ditches as troopers rescued stranded drivers along the interstates on Dec. 20.
During one rescue a state trooper got out of his patrol car on I-80 near the Williamsburg exit to help two women stranded on the side of the interstate.
A man already rescued was sitting inside the trooper's car.
A camera inside the trooper's car captured what happened next. It shows a semi sliding and jackknifing as it approaches the stopped trooper car.
The trooper yells at the women to get back in their car as he runs and jumps into a ditch.
The state patrol said it shared the video to showing drivers what can happen.
"When people see we have a blizzard warning out there and they hear from the Iowa State Patrol and road conditions are not the greatest, travel not recommended, we hope that people will listen to us," said Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright.
During the last blizzard, officials said more than 150 collisions and 200 cases of stranded motorists were reported over the two day span of the storm.
"This is a situation where we could have lost four individuals, and people that make that decision to drive, they have to make that decision and decide, 'Is it work their life? Is it worth risking somebody else's life?'" said Bright.
The state patrol advises only traveling in bad weather if it is an emergency. Bright said the best thing to do when you get stranded is call 911 and stay in your car until law enforcement comes to rescue you.