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Towing Crews Work to Pull Semi-Truck from Drainage Ditch

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A two semi-truck accident east of Bismarck Monday evening sent one truck into the drainage ditch -- partially submerging the cab in water.

A crew from Ace Towing hit the road this morning to pull the semi out.

Courtney Plante has the story.

George Kuntz is in his 29th year of towing -- and this job is a little different.


"I haven't had one that has been this submerged in water before," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

Kuntz went out to assess the damage last night -- but the real work started this morning.

"We left the shop at 7:30 and got out here and set up," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

Kuntz rounded up his crew two tow trucks, a crane, even a specialized diver to go in the water and hook up.

"It takes specialized equipment and good people that have knowledge," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

They worked through water and ice to pull the semi out.

"Probably one of the biggest obstacles is the thickness of the ice, having to work against it and it having to break up to be able to get the truck and trailer out," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

But it wasn't anything they couldn't handle.

"It went a lot smoother than what I thought. I was a little concerned with the cement barricade getting broke. But by picking it up with the crane and using the other truck to pull it over it went very smoothly," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

After a lot of hard work -- they finally got the semi back on dry ground.

"With a project like this and you get it accomplished it's a great feeling. You let the guys know how good a job they did, that's the most important thing," said George Kuntz, Ace Towing.

Kuntz says after a job like this they will all go home and have something warm to eat.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante

The driver of the submerged semi was sent to Sanford Hospital and later released.

The other semi-truck had only minor damage.


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