MONTICELLO, Minn. - Eight hours after plunging through the ice covering a pond just off I-94 near Monticello, a semi-trailer truck is finally back on solid ground.
Just before 6:30 a.m. Friday, 35-year-old John Nettifee of Anoka was pulling a Target trailer on eastbound I-94 when he lost control, left the road, crossed over lanes of oncoming westbound traffic and skidded onto the pond.
The semi skidded 100 to 200 yards across the ice before breaking through.
Nettifee was able to crawl to safety. The Minnesota State Patrol says he was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.
The State Patrol says the pond is about 7 to 8 feet deep with 6 inches of ice.
Crews worked all morning and into the early afternoon to free the truck so it could be hauled out. Finally, by about 2:30 p.m. a pair of tow trucks had dragged the big rig back onto solid ground.
Investigators are gathering facts to determine why the truck left the road.
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