EXCLUSIVE: Driver explains reasoning for parking truck on Ohio River sand bar
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - You have to see it to believe it. A truck parked on a sand bar surrounded by the waters of the Ohio River caused quite the buzz Friday with pictures circulating on social media all day.
It's an act that got so many people talking, they had to go to Evansville's riverfront and see it for themselves.
So, we tracked down the driver of the truck to hear how he did it.
"I have a mud pit out back at my place. It's about a mile long. I've been practicing in it for about 30 days with the truck."
Ollie Page of Evansville says he knew it would turn heads.
"I just felt comfortable taking it out in open river and float it from here to the sandbar," said Page. "It took me 45 minutes from where I was at when I pulled into the river to the pump out."
Page said he put about 110 lbs of helium in the front tires, and the back tires have about 90 lbs.
"It was slow," he explained. "It runs about four or five miles an hour, at 65 miles an hour on the speedometer. It turned over on my side, and I didn't realize I was backing off the throttle, and then once I mashed back on the throttle, the truck turned back up right."
Page told us he started from the boat ramp near the LST Vessel late Thursday night.
"When I was a kid, I remember that a guy named Bronco Bill from Chandler, Indiana took his truck out to the pump out back in the '90s. I remember seeing the truck there, and ever since then, I thought, I'm going to do that....and I did it."
DNR Officers said they want the driver to remove the truck by Sunday, but there are no criminal penalties for this type of thing.
Page told us he's going to give people a show on Sunday evening around 5 p.m.
He said he'll try to float from the pump out to the riverfront dock this time.
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