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4 Escape Sinking Pickup Truck

Updated: 02/17/2014 3:36 PM
Created: 02/17/2014 7:49 AM KAALtv.com

Four people are lucky to be alive after their pickup truck plunged through the ice on Peltier Lake in Anoka County Sunday.

There are areas of the lake where the ice has thinned because the DNR does use aeration systems in Peltier Lake. But, the driver of the pickup says he stayed away from those areas and was only about 50 feet off the plowed road on the ice when his truck fell through ice. He says the ice was only about an inch thick where his truck broke through.

The DNR is looking into what might have caused the thin ice on the north end of the lake, but has not definitively stated a cause.

Jim Flink says, "I am just lucky I had my window rolled down, because we were able to escape out of the windows, before my truck went to the bottom of the lake."

Flink says "I have been ice fishing on this lake, for 40 years, and I have never seen, or experienced, anything like this before." Flink says he and two of his daughters and a friend of the family all escaped unharmed.

The DNR has not ordered people ice fishing on the lake to get off the ice, but authorities did tell some of the people fishing on the north end of the lake to be extra cautious, because there does appear to be some thinning ice that has not yet been marked.

Flink says he was told by an Anoka County official that he has 30 days to remove his truck from the bottom of the lake, or the DNR will do it and send him the bill. He says the cost could be as much as $5,000 to retrieve his pickup truck. Flink also has a trailer, with a snowmobile attached to it, that is hovering over the hole in the ice where the truck broke through the ice.

Flink's only explanation for what happened, is this: "Goofy ice. Really weird, ice."

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