Truck stuck on mountain road ‘isn’t going anywhere any time soon’

“How they got that far is beyond me,” said the tow company attempting to rescue the rig.

A box truck got stuck near the top of a treacherous mountain road in Colorado over the weekend, all because he was following his GPS. 

The 30-foot box truck got stuck on a mountain road north of Silverton, Colorado on Friday, October 16th and is still there, according to The Durango Herald.

The rugged mountain road is known as Engineer Pass, and is notorious for being one of the most tricky, treacherous, and steep backcountry roads in the area. The road has a peak elevation of 12,800 feet and requires four-wheel-drive and a high-clearance vehicle. It is a part of the Alpine Loop, which connects Silverton, Co to Ouray, Co and goes all the way to Lake City through a series of rocky roads through the San Juan Mountains.

Officials say the truck was near the top of Engineer Pass following a GPS route heading towards Lake City when he tried to turn around, getting himself stuck near the top. 

“How they got that far is beyond me,” said Silverton-based Animas Towing & Recovery owner Wayne Barger.

“They’re going to need a lot of help,” he said. “It’s in a predicament that’s really going to cost them.”

Barger also says the driver had a temporary Colorado license plate and seemed “very upset.”

Thomas Livingstone, a local photographer, says he happened to be on the trail that day, which allowed him to capture the photo. Livingstone says that the truck isn’t blocking the Jeep trail entirely, but that the rig has made that particular area of the trail more dangerous to pass. 

The truck was scheduled for removal Monday, October 19th. 

“It’s not going to be an easy task,” Barger added.