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Trucker stays with stuck rig for two days awaiting a tow


A truck driver chose to stay with his rig for two whole days while he waited for a tow after getting stuck in a ditch in North Dakota earlier this week. 

The truck driver lost control and went into a ditch on the morning of Sunday, December 26th and was not towed out of the ditch until  the afternoon of Tuesday, December 28th. 

According to News Dakota, the truck driver and his rig were stuck on North Dakota Highway 32 near mile marker 65 in Fingal. Multiple Barnes County officers say they made contact with the truck driver on Sunday, who has not been named, but that the driver chose to stay in his cab until a tow truck could arrive. 

The trucker then contacted the Barnes County Dispatch on Monday to say he needed fuel, and a small tow truck was sent to his location to fuel him up. During that encounter, the tow truck driver offered to help the trucker find a place to stay, but the driver again chose to remain with his truck. 

The truck driver then contacted Barnes County dispatch again on Tuesday morning to check in, but once again chose to stay with his truck. A large tow truck was finally able to arrive later that day and get the rig out of the ditch. 

Officers say that communicating with the trucker was difficult due to a language barrier, but that police had been in contact with the trucker’s dispatchers, who assured police that they had been in contact with the trucker and that he was doing fine.


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