Indianapolis, Indiana (WXIN) -- A trucker in Indianapolis is lucky to be alive after he was pinned to the ice under his truck.
"Somebody's looking out for me. I don't know how I wound up being so lucky," says truck driver Tim Rutledge.
If you'd asked Rutledge last week, do you believe in miracles? He might have laughed you off. But lying in a hospital bed, Rutledge's miracle story is nearly impossible to believe.
"It's a story that's hard to tell."
It started about six in the morning Monday at this truck stop in Whiteland? He'd come here to wait out the storm and his brakes were frozen. So, he got out under his truck to fix them when the truck shifted in the snow.
"It caught my left side and my left arm was pinned by the axle of the truck," he says.
He was stuck -- pinned.
"I wound up being froze to the pavement in the snow."
Monday was one of the most frigid days and if you can even begin to imagine it, Rutledge would've been under this truck, completely exposed to the elements.
"As I got colder and colder and I was yelling, but nobody could hear me," he recalls.
And that's where that miracle or maybe something more came in. Rutledge's phone was in his pocket and he was getting frantic calls from his wife. It kept vibrating and moving and eventually dropping to the ground.
"When the phone did finally come out, it came in front of me instead of behind me."
Too cold to dial, he somehow got his voice function to work and got the phone to make one call.
"I remember saying, 'whoever this is, whatever you do, don't hang up the phone.' If they hung up the phone it was gonna be my last chance to talk to anybody," he says.
It was his supervisor who figured out where he was, called the truck stop, and employees called 911 and went out to try and find him.
"I said, 'I just can't hold on any longer' and that was the last thing I remember saying."
They did find him and had to cut him out of his clothes but, amazingly, he will be out of the hospital soon.
And he has this message.
"Thank you very much to every person involved, especially the people there at the Pilot Store and the EMS people that crawled under there in the freezing weather and dug me out."
The real miracle, Rutledge says, is those people who sprung into action to find him and save him just in time.
"It's amazing to me, it's better than winning the lottery."
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