Woman's hand amputated after it's stuck in truck hood for 18 hours

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MOLALLA, Ore. – A Molalla woman had her hand amputated over the weekend after it was stuck in the hood of her truck for 18 hours.

Joan Zuber, 68, tried to charge her truck battery on Wednesday, but a gust of wind turned it into an 18-hour ordeal. The hood slammed down on her arm, trapping the woman.

Pinned to the truck and unable to even sit down, she was exposed to the rain, which eventually turned to snow. It got so cold she even had to jog in place just to stay warm.

She told emergency crews she screamed for help all night long. Her neighbors, out riding through the area on horseback the next day, finally heard her cries.

"I don't know if I could have survived 18 hours with my hand stuck in the hood of a pickup truck," said Lt. Mike Penunuri, with the Molalla Fire Department.

"She dressed for the occasion. She dressed in several layers, coats vests, heavy clothing. That's honestly probably what saved her life," said Penunuri.

Penunuri was one of the first on scene, he says the woman was smart to bundle up but still couldn't believe how well she was doing.

"She remained calm cool collected and 100 percent with it. Tough lady. Very tough individual," Penunuri said.

Now the department is calling those horseback riding neighbors heroes, grateful they decided to checkup on their elderly neighbor.

Zuber's daughter said Monday night her mom is expected to get out of the hospital Tuesday or Wednesday.