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Men get truck stuck while crossing river near Dubois

Jun 21, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Three men were uninjured Friday after reportedly getting their pickup truck stuck in the East Fork of the Wind River northeast of Dubois.

Officials were called to assist the motorists at about 7:20 a.m. Friday, but reports state the blue Chevy had gotten stuck at about 2 a.m.

"From my understanding the truck was extensively submerged," Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Friday. "I believe it was up past the bottom of the doors."

When deputies arrived at the scene on East Fork Road, they said the men were "safe and sound" on the opposite riverbank. The incident was turned over to the Wind River Police Department when it was determined that the American Indian men were within the Wind River Indian Reservation boundary.

Lee said he didn't know if the men had been following a road across the river.

"Our deputy didn't have contact with them," Lee said. "He observed that they were OK, (and) the WRPD handled it from there."

Emergency responders had been dispatched to the scene, but Lee said they were told to disregard the call when deputies arrived.

"Any time we have an incident of magnitude we get the ambulance rolling (because of) the travel distances associated with emergency response," Lee said. "They were canceled as soon as we found everybody was OK."

The Dubois Fire Department also had been called to assist, though firefighters later were told to disregard the request. Dubois fire chief Mike Frantini said he heard reports that the individuals in the truck were intoxicated.