A runner broke his leg on a run in a park in freezing temperatures while wearing just shorts and a T-shirt.
At around 5pm, Joseph Olendorf slipped on ice and broke his leg 12 miles through a snowy trail in Olympic National Forest, Washington state.
Oldendorf's tibia "completely snapped off" and after realising that his phone didn't have any reception he was forced to crawl back again on his hands and knees.
He crawled for seven hours until his phone finally got reception and was able to call for help.
He feared he would die if he remained still because of what he was wearing, so he continued crawling for several hours until rescuers managed to locate him at about 4.30am.
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Temperatures in the park on Friday night reached lows of -3C.
Talking to KIRO-TV from his hospital bed in Seattle, he said: "I wasn't counting on my phone ever working. I just figured this is my only chance. I'm going to crawl all the way there.
"My ankle was in such shape that… I had to be facing chest down for it not to be flopping out of alignment.
"So, I had to crawl on all fours, and my knees – it's a rocky, snowy, dirty, wet trail – and after a while, my knees were just raw.
"So I had the idea put my shoes over them so I would at least have some traction and a little bit of protection but they're still really messed up."
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Thinking of his family kept him going.
"I stopped to lay down and stay warm, thinking they might be there relatively soon, but I was way too cold. There was no way I could do it without moving," he said.
"I don't want my family to hear I died in the wilderness. I think it'd be unbearable."
Rescuers found him along the trail and immediately started treating him for exposure to cold and a broken ankle.
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They managed to located him by his voice about five to six miles from the spot where he was injured.
Oldendorfe was taken by helicopter and rushed to hospital for further treatment.
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