Trucker says he’ll ‘never talk smack’ again after loaded semi saved by a pickup

A group of (loaded) semi trucks struggling to get up an icy hill got a big-time assist from a Chevy pickup over the weekend.


Watch as a group of truckers struggling to get up an icy hill during a snow storm get a little help from a driver in sturdy Chevy pickup truck.

The video was captured on I-70 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, as a devastating weekend snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the area.

Facebook user and truck driver Adam Bosler wrote:

I swear on my life I will never talk smack on Chevy again. This dude was a straight bada$$. Got me and several other LOADED tractor trailers up the hill in downtown! (Sorry for the language I was highly impressed) 😂
If we could find out who this guy was thatd be awesome.

Bosler said, “I think it’s incredible when everybody in the same industry can come together make things happen just to get everybody home.”

The pickup truck driver, later identified as Valon Ibishi, told KSDK, “I like to help people and for that reason, I just opened the doors as soon as people for everybody to go home and safe.”

Ibishi reportedly pulled four semi trucks up the hill with his Chevy pickup.

Video of the rescues has gone viral, having been viewed more than 1 million times and shared over 26,000 times.

You can view the video of the pickup truck rescues below.

State Trooper, Peoria County Sheriff Deputy injured in I-74 crash

Update: We are grateful for all the support for Deputy Polhemus, who suffered only minor injuries while assisting on a call this morning on I-74. He will be discharged from the hospital shortly. Please slow down and pay attention to road conditions. This is his car that was hit this morning.


Through radio communication between Sheriff Deputy Polhemus and a dispatcher, Deputy Polhemus was able to call for help. ‘He said his car and an Illinois State Trooper’s car were hit by a semi-truck.

“The semi hit… my car and a trooper’s vehicle. We need it shut down immediately,” Deputy Polhemus said, referring to the interstate.

When the dispatcher asked if he needed EMS or Emergency Medical Services, he said yes.

“I may have broken my leg, I don’t know,” Polhemus said.


Time frame:

BRIMFIELD, Ill. — Interstate 74 in both directions near Brimfield are shut down at this time due to multiple accidents at this time.

One accident, according to authorities, is a jack-knifed semi.

5:48 AM UPDATE: State Police tell us at one state trooper is being taken to a local hospital with a suspected injury.

Interstate 74 westbound is blocked off at the Edwards exit.

6:10 AM UPDATE: From Illinois State Police:  Please be advised Illinois State Police troopers are currently on the scene of a multiple vehicle crash upon I-74 westbound near milepost 79, Peoria County.  Westbound lanes are currently closed at Kickapoo and Eastbound lanes are currently closed at Brimfield.  The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to use caution when traveling in the area, leave extra time for travel, and utilize alternate routes to their locations.

There is no current anticipated time frame for re-opening of lanes.

6:54 AM UPDATE: Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell confirmed that a Sheriff Deputy was also hit along with the State Trooper when a semi-truck lost control on I-74 westbound near milepost 79, Peoria County.

Sheriff Asbell said both the trooper and deputy were outside of their vehicles at the time of the crash. Sheriff Asbell said the trooper and the deputy were able to make it out of the way before the semi truck took out both squad cars. It is not clear if the trooper and the deputy were hit by the semi-truck, however, both were taken to the hospital, injuries unknown at this time.

The names of the State Trooper and the Sheriff Deputy have not yet been released.

The scene on I-74 westbound near milepost 79 is still active.

8:30 AM UPDATE: Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said the deputy hit in an accident on I-74 near Brimfield this morning may have broken his leg. The Illinois State Police trooper suffered minor injuries.

I-74 will reopen soon, Asbell said.


Mower County T-bone crash takes a life

UPDATE:    ROSE CREEK, Minn.  – A T-bone crash in Mower County took the life of an older woman Friday afternoon.

Sharon Swallow, 78, died after her car was T-boned by a semi-truck near Rose Creek.

According to State Patrol, Swallow was heading west on County Road 3. The semi truck was going south on Highway 56 when the two collided.

The roads were snowy and icy at the time of the deadly crash.

The semi driver, Aaron Rame, 28, was not hurt.


NEAR ROSE CREEK, Minn.  — The Minnesota State Patrol is on the scene of a violent t-bone crash north of Rose Creek on Highway 56.

The driver of a Toyota RAV4, identified as Sharon Swallow, 78, of Rose Creek, was taken to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys in Rochester with what MSP called life-threatening injuries.  The collision happened at 12:41 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 56 and County Road 3, which is also marked as 205th Street.

“The Toyota was westbound on County Rd 3. The semi was southbound on Highway 56,” said Sgt. Troy Christianson of the State Patrol in an initial crash report.

County Road 3 traffic is controlled by a stop sign, but Highway 56 traffic has the right-of-way.

Christianson said the driver of the Peterbilt semi was Aaron Rame, 28, of Bricelyn.  He was not hurt.

The force of the crash sent both the semi and the smaller vehicle into a nearby field.  The accident scene is about two miles south of I-90.

Semi-truck driver crashes into trees on I-10

WALTON COUNTY, Fla.  – A semi-truck driver is in the hospital after a crash on Interstate 10 in Walton County late Sunday night.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Igor Maslyanka, 33, of California, was driving east on I-10 near State Road 8. They say he drove off the road and crashed into some trees.

The semi, carrying cars, then rotated. One of the cars broke loose and fell off the trailer. Maslyanka was taken to Fort Walton Medical Center with serious injuries.

He is charged with driving with a canceled driver’s license.

Kentucky cop killed in fiery crash with semi-truck, driver arrested for murder

A Louisville Metro Police officer was killed Monday afternoon when a possibly intoxicated driver crashed his semi-truck into her cruiser.

Deidre Mengedoht, 32, was stopped on the side of the road during a routine traffic stop when Roger Burdette crashed his semi-truck into her car, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Mengedoht’s car was pushed into the pickup truck that she had stopped, then burst into flames with her still inside.

No one else was injured in the crash, including the four people in the pickup truck.