Woman Braves Blizzard To Deliver Food to Stranded Truck Driver
When a truck driver was stranded in a blizzard on a Manitoba highway earlier this week, he was saved by a young woman who braved the elements on horseback to deliver food and coffee to him.
Truck driver Peter Douglas was driving from Boissevain to Brandon in Manitoba on Monday afternoon when icy roads and blizzard conditions made it impossible for his semi-truck to continue.
“The Souris Valley was one sheet of ice and I couldn’t pull the whole thing,” Douglas explains. “I was trapped.”
Fortunately, his truck was in view of a highway camera, allowing Douglas’ bosses and family to see where he was. Also watching was 18-year old Eileen Eagle Bears, a complete stranger to Douglas.
After seeing Douglas on the highway camera Monday evening, Eileen decided that if Douglas were still there in the morning, she would do something about it.
When Douglas was still stranded Tuesday morning, Eileen jumped on her horse and road two and a half miles each way through icy terrain to deliver Douglas a thermos of hot coffee and a good meal.
“Lo and behold, first thing in the morning, I look out my window and there was a horse and a young lady,” Douglas recalls. “She had to walk that horse half a mile up that hill and half a mile down because it was so icy. Blew me away.”
“There was a lot of ice on the road from the rain that we had got and drifts were bad in a few places. But the morning wasn’t too bad to get there and come back,” Eileen explains. “But I had gotten to the truck and I had to wake him up because he was sleeping, and he was pretty surprised to see me there with the coffee.”
If that weren’t enough, Eileen came back in the evening with more coffee and a dinner of stew and potatoes, for which Douglas was grateful.
After about 28 hours in his truck, a tow truck was finally able to reach Douglas. He says he still has Eileen’s thermos and will drop them off the next time he drives through the area.
“I just thought I should do something,” Eileen said of her kind, unselfish act. “He was really happy to know someone came.”