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Belleville man stranded 3 days in freezing weather rescued by IDOT workers

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Chris Belfield, 28, of Belleville is recovering at Saint Louis University Hospital after being injured when his Ford Expedition crashed and then he was stranded for three days in his damaged car. Credit: KMOV Chris Belfield, 28, of Belleville is recovering at Saint Louis University Hospital after being injured when his Ford Expedition crashed and then he was stranded for three days in his damaged car. Credit: KMOV
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Chris Belfield, 28, of Belleville is recovering at Saint Louis University Hospital after being injured when his Ford Expedition crashed and then he was stranded for three days in his damaged car.

His oldest brother John said he suffered three fractures to his back, two broken legs, bleeding on the brain and severe frostbite.

John Belfield told News 4, "They amputated his right leg and they might still need to amputate some of his toes on his left foot but as of right now he's healing pretty good."

Belfield was driving home from a friend's house on Highway 156 near Hecker when his vehicle went off the road and landed in a culvert. Because of the damage to his vehicle and his injuries, he was trapped inside the SUV and couldn't get out. Calls for help on his cellphone were dropped because of a weak signal or not answered before the battery died.

Friday around noon, IDOT workers Dennis Hepp and Joe Braun stopped to check on a broken roadside reflector and spotted Belfield in his vehicle and heard his voice.

"So, Joe turned around and started heading back to the truck to call on the radio and as soon as I said that, he started yelling 'Help, help, get me out of here!" said Hepp.

Braun said Belfield was extremely thirsty and incoherent. 

"He didn't know what day of the week it was, he didn't know what day he ran off here, but he said he seen the sun come up three times."

During the most of the time Belfield was stranded in his SUV, temperatures were below freezing and dropped as low as 15 degrees.

John Belfield said his brother isn't out of the woods yet but his medical condition is improving each day. he called his brother Chris a giving person with a strong will.

"If anybody could do it it would be him, he's an extremely strong, determined person."

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