In May 22-28 issue
By Greg Wells
Times Journal Managing Editor
ABOVE: As the goats cross the creek where the truck turned down-stream, Deputy Sheriff Clete McAninch talks with property owner Louise Boger about the truck and how the tow truck will drag the 18-wheeler back out Tuesday evening. The truck's driver drove the big rig down the stream bed about a half mile from this point -- in broad daylight.
"Up a creek without a paddle," became a saying Jesus Jardon can truly understand, after following his electronic GPS navigation system's instructions along West Wilson Road, and then down Caney Creek … literally … in his tractor-trailer truck.
The incorrect instructions had apparently caused Jardon to turn into a creek bed, and he had tried to drive himself out of his precarious situation, making matters worse.
"You had to be going at least 30 because there is a big drop off back there," said Deputy Clete McAninch directing the driver's attention back up stream. "You had to clear that or it would have ripped of your front spoiler."
The Florida-based driver had unloaded at Stephens Pipe and Steel and was trying to make his way his way home.
Deputy Nick Bertram walked the wayward truck driver back up the creek as McAninch examined the duck, er, truck.
"He did a pretty good job of making it down here. There's only one scratch on the truck and the exhaust stack is bent," McAninch observed.
As much fun as the deputies were having with the driver's major malfunction the property owner was none too happy.
"He came down from the McClendon Ridge side. I don't know how you could get a truck that big down a dirt road that small," Louise Boger said. "He went through two fences on his way down the creek. I'll bet he was going 35 miles an hour.
"What's bad is this man is out on the roadways with this kind of judgment," Boger said.
"Its kind of scary."
Scared would have been a viable description of the driver.
"Honestly," said Jardon. "After I got down that (the road off the ridge) all I could think was I gotta get the ---- out of here!"
The deputies said he told them he figured the creek had to come out somewhere.
It does: Lake Cumberland.
The big rig came to a stop in the soft gravel creek bottom when it met a heavy cable fence. The two previous fences he'd run through were nylon-tape electric fences.
As dark approached so did a tow truck. Its chore was to drag the massive truck and empty flatbed trailer back up the creek.
"That's got to be the biggest ATV I've seen," said McAninch looking at the stranded 18-wheeler.