St. Wolfgang: stuck just before Christmas - rescue team rescues Bulgarians
Created: 12/27/2022, 4:00 p.m
By: Lea Warmedinger
With combined forces, the helpers around Mayor Ullrich Gaigl unloaded the truck to make it a little lighter.
The truck bed was full of windows and doors.
Almost at the destination, the Roro company, a truck driver from Bulgaria got stuck in Kalkgrub shortly before Christmas.
He had to spend two days in the driver's cab.
Eventually Mayor Ullrich Gaigl and a group of helpers intervened.
– You can get out of even the most complicated situation by working together.
A few farmers around Mayor Ullrich Gaigl proved that on the day before Christmas Eve in St. Wolfgang.
And literally: A truck had been stuck on a gravel road in Kalkgrub for two days.
When Gaigl found out about this, he immediately started a relief operation.
The Bulgarian truck driver had been trying for two days to dig out his truck by hand - within sight of his destination: the Roro company, for which he had loaded windows and doors.
The man had to sleep in the cab in the cold.
The driveways of three houses were also blocked.
"Unfortunately, the driver didn't use the truck navigation system, but the navigation system on his cell phone," reports Tanja Anzenberger, who, as a resident in Kalkgrub, witnessed the events directly.
"We have an access road that is difficult even for cars, it's just a narrow gravel path." Someone often gets lost there, she says, "but we've never had that with a 40-ton truck".
At the time, the road was as smooth as glass, "the truck got stuck, slipped off the road and landed on a tree stump."
"The access road to our houses was completely blocked, and the truck driver couldn't go home either - and that was at Christmas," says Anzenberger.
With the road conditions, no fire brigade would have made it to Kalkgrub, she reports.
"In addition, I currently have a mother who needs care and work on call at the RoMed Klinikum, so I should actually be ready to drive at all times."
The Bulgarian spoke no German and almost no English.
A conversation was only possible via the Google translator.
She and her neighbors would have provided the man with food and coffee.
"When I was called, I thought to myself: 'It can't be that nobody feels responsible,'" says Gaigl.
So he rounded up a few helpers after being notified by local resident Georg Hintermaier.
Farmers used forklifts to lift the stuck vehicle.
It had slipped off an icy gravel path and landed on a tree stump.
A call to the Roro company did not solve the problem, says Anzenberger.
The company notified the Unterhaslberger towing service, but the latter had to pull away without having achieved anything because of the wintry road conditions.
"That evening we called the police.
Unfortunately, she couldn't do anything," reports Anzenberger.
The Bulgarian told the officials that someone from his forwarding agency would come.
But the next morning he dug again himself.
On the morning of December 23, farmers of all ages came to help.
Mayor Gaigl, Barbara and Sepp Waxenberger, Peter Hammer and Johannes Schwimmer finally got the truck out of the awkward situation with forklifts and bulldogs.
"The Bulgarian had tears in his eyes and fell to his knees with gratitude," says Anzenberger.
“He was very grateful because he has children and grandchildren at home.
He was completely helpless.”
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The volunteer team of private individuals unloaded the truck on site to make it lighter.
Then they took the truck to Roro and reloaded it there.
When asked by the local newspaper, Roro managing director Rudolf Rott protested against any accusations from the neighbors.
He has ordered goods and as a customer does not interfere if an accident occurs on the transport route.
"The community road was not cleared and the towing service cannot tow until the road is clear," Rott explains the circumstances.
The Unterhaslberger company received a cost approval from Roro and the forwarding agent, but could not do anything.
He himself also suggested another possible way of towing, says Rott.
On this private road, however, the corresponding resident refused to drive through.
She spoke to the owner about it on the day of the accident.
"That wasn't technically possible.
The path was washed out and icy, and it also crosses a small bridge that we don't know how much weight it can take.”
Gaigl was the only one who took care of the problem, praises Anzenberger.
She is also enthusiastic about the help among the neighbors: "It's amazing to see how great people help each other."