Is this you? Driver wants to find three hero Stokies in white van who pulled her car out of snow-filled ditch


Motorist Alex Shilkoff is appealing for help to track down her knights in shining armour – after they dragged her car out of a snow-filled ditch.

The 37-year-old was on her way to Newcastle for her mum’s birthday when her Vauxhall Corsa came off the road in the Peak District.

But three men came to her aid, grabbed a rope and dragged her car out of the ditch.

And she then followed them along the road in the dangerous conditions to make sure she was OK.

The drama unfolded at around 3pm on Friday, December 4 near the junction of the A537 and the A54 just outside Buxton.

Alex Shilkoff with her mum Rev Gill Shilkoff

Alex, who now lives in Sheffield, said: “I was coming from Buxton and heading towards Leek when I missed the turning for the road to get to Stoke-on-Trent.

“I took the wrong turning and realised I was heading towards Macclesfield, so I headed down a smaller road to turn around and ended up sliding into a ditch.

“I was absolutely fine – it all happened slowly – but I was well and truly stuck.

“Funnily enough, about 10 minutes before I went into the ditch, I was thinking to myself, ‘I don’t know why people make such a fuss about driving in the snow!'”

Thankfully Alex was only stuck for around 10 minutes before the ‘kind’ people came to rescue her.

She added: “I was sat there with my flask and snack that I’d luckily brought with me, wondering how long I was going to have to keep my engine on for to keep warm.

“And as I was trying to load up my Green Flag app to try to get help, a white van pulled up and a man opened the passenger side door.

“He peered in and said ‘you alright, duck?’ and I just thought, ‘he’s a Stokie – I’ll be OK!’.

“I told him I was fine but that I was stuck, so he said they’d try to tow me out. They were so kind and luckily they had a rope in their van which pulled me out.

“I said I was trying to get back to North Staffordshire to see my mum, and that I wanted to get back onto the main road, but they told me not to go that way because it was getting really bad.

“He said to me, ‘follow us and we’ll keep an eye on you’.”

In the midst of the rescue mission, Alex says she didn’t get chance to ask for the names of the men who helped her, and now she wants to find them.

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She added: “It was three guys in a white van who have a gardening business. It could have been a dad and two sons, or just one son and a worker.

“They were so great and I just want to properly say thank you. If they like a tipple I’d love to treat them to something.

“They obviously wanted to get home themselves but they stopped and helped me, and even stopped me going back onto the road which would probably have caused me even more trouble. They were obviously freezing and they didn’t have to stop, but they did.

“Other people stopped to see if I was OK too, including a guy in a BMW who offered me his blanket.

“I just think the whole situation really shows how kind people can be when others are in need.”

Did you help Alex on December 4? She would love to say thank you! To get in touch with her please email rachel.lawton@reachplc.com





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