CHP officers save stranded truck driver

YREKA, Calif. —Two California Highway Patrol officers stepped in as heroes Monday. Roadways were covered in snow and chains were required Monday morning in Yreka.

CHP officer Greg Perkins found a truck driver stuck on State Route 3 headed uphill. Perkins says he got behind the  80,000 pound truck in his Chevy Tahoe and started pushing the driver uphill. After he couldn’t push any further, another officer got involved. The two hooked a tow strap to the truck pushing the truck to get it back on the road.

“To get a heavy-duty wrecker there probably would have been about an hour response, so this way I was able to at least get her cleared out of the way, keep people from getting hurt, there were people on the shoulder putting on chains so it would have been really dangerous if she slid back, I’m glad it didn’t happen that way,” said officer Perkins

Officer Perkins says the driver was appreciative of the help!

He says it’s important to know how to install your chains prior to hitting the road.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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