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Fellow trucker describes how he helped driver who went over Loveland Pass

9:18 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The driver of the truck that slid down Loveland Pass Tuesday night was still recovering at the hospital Thursday evening. The Good Samaritan who rescued 31-year-old Jason Munsee told 9NEWS about the ordeal.

"He was covered with a good half inch of snow. He looked like a snowman, literally a snowman," said Doug Hines, a truck driver himself.

Hines said Munsee was shaking and bleeding from a puncture wound in his chest, his hands bright red from the cold. He said Munsee had walked through the snow, downhill to the roadway.

"He was wet, soaking wet from the snow," Hines said. "He kept going, 'I can't feel my fingers.' So, we put him in insulated gloves that I have."

Hines said he didn't think twice before he stopped his loaded tractor trailer when he saw spotted Munsee, as dangerous as that can be driving up Loveland Pass.

"As I pulled up to him, he was like, 'I'm glad you stopped. I'm glad you stopped.' He was afraid I wasn't going to stop because most truckers won't stop going up the hill. You don't know if you'll get going again or not," Hines said. "If nobody had found him at that time, or any sooner, or within an hour, he probably wouldn't have made it."

Munsee's relative told 9NEWS that Munsee waited in his truck for two hours after he went over the embankment, hoping someone would see him. When help didn't arrive, he trekked through chest-deep snow to the road.

Hines said Munsee told him that he had stopped the truck in a pull-off area to let snow plows go by.

"Then the truck started sliding or rolling and that was it," Hines said. "He couldn't do anything after that."

Munsee was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday.

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