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21 Jan, 2016 16:52

Snow job: Russian army tows 18-wheeler stuck in blizzard

Snow job: Russian army tows 18-wheeler stuck in blizzard

A Russian trucker stuck in a blizzard needed the army's armored monster truck to help move his big rig.

Snowstorms are nothing new for Kursk, located around 530km (330 miles) south of Moscow, and with temperatures dipping to -7C (19F) on Tuesday, it was just too much for this big engine that couldn't.

While turning a corner, the truck found itself unable to move any further and with a long line of traffic behind it, the Russian Army came to the rescue.

Using an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC), the truck was slowly pulled along, only for the rope to snap and the truck to get stuck again.

With a little readjustment, the "battle bus" successfully managed to get the truck moving again and the backlog of traffic was free to proceed, albeit at quite a slow pace.

Chicagoans, who are quite familiar with battling blizzards, don’t require military assistance to free stuck trucks.

During last year’s big February blizzard, an American-made Ford F150 pick-up pulled a stuck 18-wheeler down a narrow, snow-covered street with cars on either side.

According to the YouTube description, the driver of the Ford celebrated his achievement by taking a "polar plunge" into Lake Michigan on behalf of the Special Olympics.