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Stuck trucker, marching band pass out juice to boost morale during standstill traffic


A jackknifed semi truck brought traffic to a standstill in Alabama on Thursday afternoon, leaving drivers stranded on Interstate 59, but thanks to one resourceful trucker and a community college marching band, the hours of traffic were made just a little bit better. 

The wreck happened on October 14th in Springville, and involved one semi truck and at least two other vehicles. Luckily, the wreck caused only minor injuries, but forced the highway to be shut down until 6:15 that evening. 

The shutdown forced truckers, motorists, and even a bus full of marching band members to sit on the highway for hours. Thankfully, one trucker knew exactly what to do. 

This unnamed driver was hauling orange juice that he said was about to go bad sitting in the traffic, so he decided to pass it out to people waiting in traffic to make their time waiting just a little sweeter. When the Gasden State Community College show band noticed what was going on, they got off of their bus and jumped in to help the driver, snagging cases of orange juice and giving them out to anyone who needed a pick-me-up during the wait. 

“It was kind of a cool experience to do something as a group to help out the community,” said Isaiah Moore, a member of the show band. 

“We love making music, we love making harmony in the world, so it was just something kind of cool to do.”

WVTM News also reported that the band members helped to pull a car out of a roadside ditch during the traffic backup. 

The trucker responsible for sharing the orange juice did not speak to the press or give his name.


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