A trucker who was missing for more than two days has been found by rescue crews in a dangerous snowy mountain pass in Northern California. The driver followed his GPS to go around a road closure.
On January 16th, the unnamed driver was reported missing by his company. The driver was expected to drop off a load at 6:00am, but when he was nowhere to be found by 3:00pm, the company reported him missing.
The driver was on SR 299 near Hillcrest, Northeast of Redding, California. The winter weather was causing closures in the area. The driver reportedly left 299 and turned onto Big Bend Road, following the direction of his GPS. Unfortunately, the road was not at all suitable for heavy trucks during poor weather and the driver soon became stranded.
Because of the winter weather and poor roadways, search and rescue crews could not be dispatched to look for the driver until two days after he went missing. Rescue crews using a helicopter located the driver within an hour of searching.
“After approximately 1 hour, Air 11 located the vehicle on Summit Lake Road, approximately 20 miles from the last GPS position,” reads a statement from CHP.
When the helicopter landed nearby and rescue crews arrived at the truck, they found the driver uninjured. They airlifted him to a local airfield, then helped him get food and a ride to a local hotel.