Earlier this week, we told you all about the truckers who were stuck at truck stops in Indiana due to the subzero temperatures that made it impossible to navigate the road ways. What we didn't know at the time, though, was that one trucker almost died at one of those truck stops because of the weather. But thanks to his nagging wife, he didn't.
Tim Rutledge, a 53-year-old driver from Florida, was stuck at a truck stop in Indiana on Monday when he decided to loosen some ice that had gathered on his brake pads. However, when he climbed under the truck to do it, the truck shifted ever so slightly and ended up pinning him to the ground. He couldn't reach his cell phone and nearby truckers couldn't hear him calling out to them because of the roaring of engines at the truck stop, so he was stuck underneath the truck for about eight hours. But he was finally able to free himself after his wife called his cell phone over and over and over and over and over again. He had his phone set to vibrate so, after awhile, the phone finally worked itself out of his pocket and he was able to snatch it up and call for help. He had to be hospitalized for two days after the incident, but doctors believe he's going to make a full recovery.
"If [the cell phone] would have gone behind me, I wouldn't be talking to you today," he said later. "I would have frozen to death."
Thankfully, it didn't go behind him. And thankfully, he has a wife who isn't afraid to nag her husband to death. It ended up saving his life.
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[via USA Today]