FedEx truck carefully slides down icy mountain road after trailer brakes lock

"I cannot believe that worked."
By Ben Hooper  |  Jan. 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM
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FLORISTON, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The California Highway Patrol shared a video of a big rig driver gliding his truck down an icy mountain road after the brakes in his rear trailer locked up.

The CHP's station in Truckee posted a video to Facebook showing the FedEx truck sliding down Interstate 80, near Floriston, while being escorted by troopers who ensured the road ahead would be clear.

The post said the incident happened Thursday morning.

"The driver had jackknifed at the top of the grade," the Facebook post said. "When the driver had lost it at the top of the hill, he had broke the air lines to his rear trailer. This caused the brakes on the rear trailer to lock up. We arrived on scene and were informed the tow was going to be extended. So we asked the driver if he could get himself going and we would give him space to get down to the next open shoulder on the Interstate."

The CHP said the incident was over in about 20 minutes and the road was reopened to traffic.

"I cannot believe that worked," a trooper can be heard saying as the truck approaches the shoulder in the video.

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