By CBSNewYork Team

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters in Newark rescued a woman Thursday who had been trapped inside a van for five days.

Janette Ward, who is homeless and had been living in the van, became trapped during this week’s snowstorm.

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Ward, a former teacher, told police she had been calling 911 since Sunday with a cellphone she was using sparingly.

She said she had almost given up after dispatchers didn’t send help, but she called one more time.

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“This morning, I called again, and there was one person. God always has somebody. She said, ‘Miss, I know what you need, you need the fire department,’ and she got in touch with the fire department, and they [were] out here in five minutes,” she told CBS2.


Ward said she picked up food before parking the van Sunday. She said she feels fine, and it’s good to stand again.

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She said she has been homeless for two years but now has alternative plans to stay safe.

CBSNewYork Team