A semi-truck was blown on to its side in Fort Myers on Wednesday as Hurricane Ian made its arrival in Southwest Florida.
On Thursday, a two-man crew from Alligator Towing in Fort Myers came to the rescue and pulled the truck upright.
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It took the two tow truck operators 20 minutes to do the job, using chains and straps that were strategically positioned to make their efforts a success.
Anthony Pasqualini, one of the tow truck operators, said the driver was asleep in the cab when the truck tipped over.
"He was able to kick out the front wind shield and escape without any harm," Pasqualini said.
This kind of work is nothing new for Pasqualini.
"It is something we do on a regular basis," he said. "We did two this morning, we have a couple of more waiting for us for later."
Pasqualini estimated the truck weighed 72,000 pounds. He said the two tow trucks are 50-ton wreckers.
"We just make sure we are lifting simultaneously and bring it up together so keeps the trailer intact." Pasqualini said.
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Hurricane Ian: Semi-truck blown on its side by ferocious winds