Wife's Incessant Calling Accidentally Saves Man Trapped Under Truck

truck snowTrucker Tim Rutledge typically calls his wife around the same time every day when he's on the road. But on Monday, he didn't make his daily call, naturally, worrying his wife. Rutledge's wife called him over and over (and over) again to make sure everything was okay -- and thank goodness she did, because things were very wrong, and her incessant calling wound up inadvertently saving his life.

While at an Indiana truck stop, Tim went under his vehicle to loosen ice from the brake pads when the truck shifted in the snow, pinning him to the ground with his cell phone in his pocket, completely out of reach. He called to numerous people who were 10 feet away from him, but no one could hear his cries over the sound of the engines. Rutledge was trapped under his truck for eight hours in sub-degree weather. But just when he thought it was over, his wife called him again and the vibrations caused the phone to fall out of his pocket and into Rutledge's reach.

According to doctors, if Rutledge would have been in the cold for another hour, he would have frozen to death. Rescue workers had to cut him out of his clothing, and he spent two days recovering in the hospital. He's still numb on the side where the axle pinned him down, but ironically, his truck shielded him from the wind enough to avoid frostbite. "If my phone would have gone behind me, I wouldn't be talking to you today," Rutledge said of the fortuitous position in which his cellphone fell.

So, the moral of this story? If you think something's wrong, it probably is. Trust your gut. If Rutledge's wife had just chalked his not calling to something random, she would have never continuously called him, essentially saving his life.

Also, this man is only lucky SOB to have a wife who cares about him so much about his whereabouts.

Have you ever been in a situation where you trusted your gut and you were right?


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wamom223 wamom223

I was suppose to help with my cousin's toddler while their new baby was born and had to drive over a pass to the other side of the state.  On the day I was suppose to leave my boyfriend told me he didn't want me to go because he had a bad feeling.  That day there was a bad rock slide on the pass.  I left the next day and got their 20 minutes after my cousin's wife started feeling her labor.  God gave us all instincts for a reason.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

I don't like the word "incessant" in this case. She called because she was concerned with her husband. Incessant implies that her calls weren't welcome.

CLM3345 CLM3345

Elizabeth - Here is the dictionary definition of incessant : continuing or following without interruption. The actual definiton doesn't imply a tone of being unwelcome or annoying. Most of these articles have a lot of editing and grammar errors, but this isn't one of them.

Also, his car was running for 8 hours and no one thought that was strange? Even at a truck stop, I imagine that's not typical, but I don't know for sure. I am glad his wife called so often that he was able to reach his phone.

OzzyN... OzzyNavyWife

CLM, most times truck drivers will idle the truck, especially in cold weather. (I don't know why, all I know is that my brother and bil do it)

Austi... Austinsmommy12

^^ diesels are notoriously cold natured. If it were THAT cold out, the truck would DEFINITELY be idling for the duration of the man's stop. If he intended to spend the night, idling that long wouldn't be seen as abnormal.

I was coming back from shopping with my then boyfriend, and we were approaching a dangerous intersection. I had a green light, but for some reason I stopped anyway. I didn't even realize I stopped until he looked over at me and said "uh, the light is green". I started to go, and then looked to my right. This GIANT fully loaded logging truck ran the red light at that exact moment. Had we been in that intersection, my Honda Civic would've been crushed, and us along with it. The look on his face was priceless. When he recovered the ability to speak, he just said "wow...how could you know that?" I told him I didn't know. I didn't even mean to stop. God was DEFINITELY watching us that day.

squee... squeekumsaus

What a lucky man

I also imagine being on idle may have something to do with keeping battery charged while having heater on in cab and sleeping area

Lenor... Lenore411

I'd say the man's lucky to have a kooky wife!  I'll be honest, there were plenty of times I freaked out because a "usual" call didn't happen and everything was ok.  I still called like crazy!  He's also very lucky how the phone fell.

nonmember avatar Danielle

I hate the word incessant in this case ! I am with a truck driver and when we (truckers wives etc ) dont recieve phone calls after a while.. we get worried ! He is out on the open road anything could happen. I would have called to . Good for her.

Mrseoc Mrseoc

Truely amazing.

Yolande Oliver

When my sister was in labor with her son and the doctors told her to push, she said NO, something is wrong. Turns out he wasn't in the birth canal properly and pushing could have injured him. He was safely born via c-section because she trusted her gut. 

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