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Traffic jammed in ice as three URAL trucks blocked on winter road

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 March 2019

Lorries sunk in Tumara River because ice was not as thick as it looked.

Stuck in ice, two trucks of a local silver mining company got trapped more than a month ago. Drivers have to live nearby as they keep trying to remove their vehicles 

Such accidents are a ‘nightmare for Northern truckers’.

The drivers are now  living right next to their vehicles on the ice.

The trucks from a silver mining company were crossing the river fully loaded with сalcium hydroxide.

The accident was 440 km north of the region’s capital Yakutsk, in Kobyaysky ulus (district). 

The cargo didn’t get damaged and has been since gradually removed to lighten the load; oil leaked into water. 

Heavy trucks of silver mining company in Yakutia get stuck in ice of river Tumara


Heavy trucks of silver mining company in Yakutia get stuck in ice of river Tumara


Heavy trucks of silver mining company in Yakutia get stuck in ice of river Tumara


Heavy trucks of silver mining company in Yakutia get stuck in ice of river Tumara
How can the trucks be pulled out?

Northern truckers have their own method and it depends on temperatures falling not rising.

They dice ice cubes around the truck gradually building an ice ramp.

Then it is hooked up with a cable from the shore and dragged out.

But if the temperature warms, the trucks will sink further into the water.

JAMMED IN ICE  


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