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New York state 'ice car' freed by tow truck crew, leaves shell behind

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Ben Hooper
The Hamburg, N.Y., ice car is pulled free of its frozen shell, leaving behind a sculpture of its front-end as a memorial. Buffalo News video screenshot
The Hamburg, N.Y., "ice car" is pulled free of its frozen shell, leaving behind a sculpture of its front-end as a memorial. Buffalo News video screenshot

HAMBURG, N.Y., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The "ice car" frozen in a New York state parking space by waves from Lake Erie is defrosting at an auto shop while part of its ice shell remains as a memorial.

The Mitsubishi Lancer, which was frozen in place when Justin Yelen parked it overnight at a Hamburg restaurant and Lake Erie waves created a shell of ice around it, was broken free Wednesday by a towing company crew and taken to West Herr Collision Center in Hamburg to defrost.

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The shop tweeted a picture of the car melting inside the garage after spending three days frozen in the restaurant's parking lot.

Lenny Iwanenko, president of Lake Erie Towing & Recovery, said his crew used calcium flakes to weaken the ice shell so it could be pulled out by a tow truck.

Footage from the scene shows a portion of the ice shell remained in place after the car was removed.

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"I've been in business 28 years, never seen anything like this," Iwanenko told the Buffalo News. "This is amazing."

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