Splish, Splash!

Semi-truck splashes into the North Platte River near Fort Steele


April 15, 2020

Joshua Wood

The passenger of the water-bound semitruck climbs through the window on Thursday morning as he is rescued by boat from the North Platte River.

The North Platte River received some unexpected traffic early Thursday, April 9, as a semi-truck and trailer plunged into its frigid waters near Fort Steele. The sight must have been something to behold as vehicles as large as this can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. One could imagine a mighty splash as the truck plunged into the river bed after threading the needle between a tree and the railing of the overpass.

The recovery of the vehicle, however, was not as dramatic, although it did take two tow trucks working in tandem to pull the truck and trailer out of the water. It was...

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