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Andel Taylor dies after being caught in a snowstorm in Buffalo

Andel Taylor dies after being caught in a snowstorm in Buffalo

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A 22-year-old woman killed in the monstrous snowstorm that hit upstate New York sent a terrifying video of the blizzard to her family just hours before she was found dead in her car.

Andelle Taylor became one of at least 28 people killed in what Gov. Kathy Hochul called the “blizzard of the century” after she was trapped on her way home from work in Buffalo on Friday afternoon.

She shared a series of videos with her sisters in North Carolina – the last one shortly after midnight, showing her rolling down her ice-covered window to reveal a nearby van also stuck with its emergency lights on.

“She was telling my sister she was scared,” one of Taylor’s sisters, Tomeshia Brown, told WSOC-TV.

Her family told the publication that she was believed to have been trapped in her car around 6pm before being discovered on Christmas Eve.

“She called 911 and was waiting for them,” her mother, Wanda Brown Steele, told the television station.

Tragedy struck after Andelle Taylor was left stranded in her car during the historic winter storm.
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A screenshot of Taylor's video

Taylor was one of 28 killed in the devastating holiday storm.

A screenshot of Taylor's video

“She was telling my sister she was scared,” one of Taylor’s sisters, Tomeshia Brown, told WSOC-TV.

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A screenshot of Taylor's video.

Taylor’s family believes she was trapped in her car for nearly 18 hours.

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But “everyone who tried to get to her got stuck,” Brown added.

“The fire department, the police, everyone was stuck,” she said, asking why “the state that’s known for snow” didn’t have emergency vehicles to work during the monster storm.

during the storm Brown posted a message saying they have “the whole [of] Buffalo” in search of Taylor, who moved back to Buffalo from Charlotte just last year to help care for her ailing father.

Taylor told her sisters in a group chat that she planned to sleep and then try to get to safety if help didn’t arrive when she woke up, her mother said.

Andelle Taylor, 22, died after being trapped in her car in Buffalo for at least 18 hours during the monster snowstorm that ravaged upstate New York.
Andelle Taylor, 22, died after being trapped in her car in Buffalo for at least 18 hours during the monster snowstorm that ravaged upstate New York.
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Andelle Taylor with her family.
Taylor shared a series of videos and her fears in a group chat with her sisters.
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The mother desperately warned relatives in Buffalo — where Taylor was born — to “go back there again,” she told WSOC-TV.

“Then they opened the window and saw that she was inside,” said the grieving mother.

Taylor’s mother believes her daughter most likely died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“The car was running and the snow was still falling so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe,” she said. “Then after the car stopped, that’s when it froze.”

It came just before Taylor’s 23rd birthday — and while she “still has presents under the tree” for Christmas, Brown said.

The family is trying to return her body back to Charlotte, where they moved when Taylor was 2 years old. So far, an online fundraiser has raised nearly $10,000 of the $12,000 goal.

Andelle Taylor.
Taylor told relatives she planned to sleep in her car.
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“We’re trying to get her here because I want her here with me,” her mother said.

Taylor’s grandmother, Sylvia Taylor, told WSOC-TV, “It’s so easy to ask, ‘Why, God? Why?’ But we’re not always meant to know the answer to that.”

In a series of heart-wrenching online eulogies, Brown called her sister “the golden child… The funniest, most down-to-earth, meanest little sister ever!”

“I’m so sorry, I would do anything to be there with you,” she wrote.


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