Sunday 21 December 2014

Trucker survives sub-zero ordeal

Published 09/01/2014 | 20:47

The trailer where Tim Rutledge says he was pinned underneath an axle in Whiteland, Indiana (AP)
The trailer where Tim Rutledge says he was pinned underneath an axle in Whiteland, Indiana (AP)
The trailer where Tim Rutledge says he was pinned underneath an axle in Whiteland, Indiana (AP)

A US truck driver has left hospital and is heading home to Florida after being stuck under his semi-trailer for hours in sub-zero temperatures in Indiana.

Tim Rutledge, of Orlando, said he crawled under his cab before dawn on Monday to fix his truck's frozen brakes at a truck stop south of Indianapolis. But the truck suddenly settled deeper into the snow, pinning him beneath an axle.

The 53-year-old said no-one could hear him shouting amid the wind and running truck engines. After about eight hours, his mobile phone fell from his coat pocket and he used its voice activation to tell his boss he needed help.

Rutledge said he has some numbness but should have no long-term injuries. His doctor said another hour outside would likely have been fatal.

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