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Taco Bell hot sauce saves man trapped five days in snow, Oregon authorities say

Jeremy Taylor, 36, trapped five days with his dog after his Toyota 4Runner got stuck in the snow, survived by eating leftover taco sauce packets, Oregon officials say. The two were rescued Friday.
Jeremy Taylor, 36, trapped five days with his dog after his Toyota 4Runner got stuck in the snow, survived by eating leftover taco sauce packets, Oregon officials say. The two were rescued Friday. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Trapped for five days when his Toyota 4Runner got stuck in the snow on a remote Oregon road, a 36-year-old Sunriver man found an unorthodox way to survive, KATU reported.

Jeremy Taylor told officials after his rescue Friday with his dog, Ally, that he staved off hunger by eating leftover packets of Taco Bell hot sauce he found in his vehicle, The Bend Bulletin reported.

He also ran the vehicle’s engine periodically to keep himself and Ally warm, KGW reported.

Taylor and Ally got stuck Feb. 24 while driving up a U.S. Forest Service road near Wake Butte, KATU reported. They tried to walk out Monday, but couldn’t make it through the deep snow and returned to the stranded 4Runner.

The National Weather Service said more than 2 feet of snow had fallen overnight in the area, The Bend Bulletin reported.

A snowmobile rider found Taylor and Ally on Friday afternoon and called 911, sheriff’s officials wrote on Facebook. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office searchers responded with a snowcat and rescued the two, who were in good condition, but hungry.

“Thank you everyone, I’m safe my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “Got lucky, lets never do that again. I’ll be in touch with everyone soon. “

In a later comment replying to a question on his post, Taylor says “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives!”

On Monday, Taco Bell offered Taylor some freebies, KOMO reported.

“We’re very glad Jeremy and (his dog) Ally are okay,” Taco Bell representatives said in a statement, according to the station. “We know our sauce packets are amazing, but this takes it to a whole new level. We’re in touch with Jeremy and getting him some well-deserved tacos and a care package.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story, relying on information from a news release, misspelled the name of Ally, Jeremy Taylor’s dog.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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