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BENNINGTON, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska farmer has found a man who’d been trapped inside a wrecked vehicle for about 17 hours.

Jim Musel found Richard Cain, 66, in the wreckage around 11 a.m. Sunday and stayed with him until rescue crews arrived to free Cain and treat his injuries.

Cain’s truck crashed off Nebraska Highway 36 and rolled down an embankment into a ditch around 6 p.m. Saturday. The accident occurred a little more than a mile east of Bennington, which sits on the northwest side of Omaha.

Musel said he saw a damaged guardrail along the highway a couple of hours later but didn’t see the truck until late Sunday morning, as he looked across his field toward the wooded ditch.

“So I just drove up there to see if anyone was in it,” Musel told Omaha television station KETV. “That’s all I did. That’s when I found the gentleman in there.”

Cain was on the truck floor, his skin turning purple from hours exposed to the cold. National Weather Service records say area temperatures dropped into the lows 20s overnight.

Musel said he retrieved a coat from his truck and took off the coat he was wearing. He used them to cover Cain until the rescuers arrived.

“I just want to make sure nobody gets hurt and not have a life gone,” Musel said.

Cain was taken to a hospital. Authorities said he’d been reported missing from Lincoln.

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