Ice car freed, but partial ice shell remains

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 13, 2016

After more than two days, the owner of the ice car will soon be able to drive his vehicle again.

Crews were at the Hoak's parking lot along Rt. 5 in Hamburg Wednesday afternoon, digging the car free. But really neat - a shell remained behind:

The car was parked there by 24-year-old Justin Yelen Sunday night. He had a few drinks with friends and decided to leave it there instead of driving home.

But proving "no good deed goes unpunished," the responsible young man would discover the following morning that his vehicle had become encased in ice.

Justin was shocked, jokingly telling 7 Eyewitness News that he hoped summer comes soon!

Four workers used 350 pounds of a deicer and shovels to free the tires and remove the Mitsubishi Lancer from the parking lot.

"We're gonna take it over to the collision center in Hamburg and they're gonna defrost it, give it a wash job and check for any damage and get him back on the road," said Lenny Iwanenko, of Lake Erie Towing & Recovery.

Justin didn't have to wait until summer and for being patient for a couple days, he now has a story to last a lifetime. Reporter Matt Bove's picture of the #icecar become a national and international sensation, going viral and being featured in newspapers, on websites, and on TV.

In fact, pictures of the ice car are so incredible, Ripley's Believe or Not plans to include a photo of the car in their next book.

Here are more great pictures of the car:


Some incredible pictures from our viewer Rob Maloney in Hamburg of the ice along Route 5, ice can be such a cool thing!

Posted by WKBW-TV on Wednesday, January 13, 2016




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