By Tim HealyPublished 12:43:58The man behind the wheel of a mud truck is hoping to make a name for himself in America.
Ricardo Alvarado, 27, was driving a rented truck for his uncle when he got stuck in a roadblock.
“The mud came out in a big patch and was really heavy,” Mr Alvarados said.
“We were stuck in the mud for about five hours.
It was a big mess, it was a lot of mud, it had no traction, and the tyres were not good.”
Ricardo Alvaradas family truck in the USMr Alvarada’s uncle, who was driving the truck, said the roadblock was the worst traffic incident he had ever seen.
“It was absolutely horrible,” Mr Armas said.”[My uncle] was very, very worried about the safety of the passengers, and he was very worried that we were going to die because of the traffic.”‘
The roadblock wasn’t even that bad’Mr Armas says he has been on the road for nearly a decade and has never been stopped by a road block before.
“You could barely see the tyre treads because they were all piled up so high,” he said.
Mr Alvadas family has owned and operated a mud and dirt truck company in the Northern Territory for almost a decade.
“My family has a lot more experience than anybody else in this country, we are a big family, we have a lot bigger truck, and we’re a lot better truck drivers,” he explained.
Mr Armansons family has had to do more than just hire truck drivers and build trucks.
“This is our life, it’s our family, and it’s really important for us to be able to live this life in a safe and sound way,” he added.
Rescue operation at the sceneAfter the road block, Mr Alvados family and crew of two, including the driver, were rescued by the police.
Mr Askin says it was important to get the truck out of the mud as quickly as possible.
“There were lots of guys who came and got the truck to get it out of there and it wasn’t really a big problem,” he told news.com.au.
“As soon as the truck got stuck, it really was like ‘it’s over’.”
There was no chance of anybody getting out of it, and that’s the hardest thing.
“The Alvaras truck was later removed from the road and taken to the local hospital, where it will undergo further testing to determine if it needs to be replaced.”
I think we’re doing OK,” Mr Askin said.