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Truck Falls Through Ice On Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba, Canada – A father and daughter were almost killed when their truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnipeg. Fortunately, both individuals managed to escape the icy waters before succumbing to the frigid temperatures.

The Montreal Gazette reports the pair were on a fishing trip when the incident took place. While driving the truck across the frozen lake, the ice reportedly gave way. The father was able to pull his daughter from the truck before it sank.

Sergeant Line Karpish said the weight of the truck likely caused the ice to crack, sending both it and its passengers into Lake Winnipeg.

“Their vehicle did break through,” he explained to radio station CJOB. “Both he and his daughter we able to get out safely and did contact police just to let us know from home that they were fine and there were no concerns otherwise.”

According to CTV Winnipeg, the father had to go back inside the vehicle for his daughter while it was underwater. The pair were brought back home safe and sound by someone who happened to be in the area at the time of the accident. The incident was later reported to police.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are cautioning fishermen to be extremely careful when driving across frozen bodies of water. As evidenced by the truck falling into Lake Winnipeg, the ice may not be as stable as it initially appears.

People are injured every year after venturing out onto ice they believe is thick enough to support their weight. The New York Daily News reports a grandfather and his nine-year-old grandson fell into a frozen lake near their home last November.

Sadly, both victims died as a result of the accident. Although the pair were taken to area hospitals for treatment, both succumbed to their injuries.

What do you think about the truck that fell through the ice on Lake Winnipeg?

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104 Responses to “Truck Falls Through Ice On Lake Winnipeg”

  1. Chuck Cubbison

    Zack, I'm not familiar with Lake Winnipeg, but we routinely drive on frozen lakes in Alaska. There is nothing stupid about it, it's just part of life in the north country in the winter.

  2. Curt Altschul

    The article said, "Sergeant Line Karpish said the weight of the truck likely caused the ice to crack".
    Well, with such astute observations I feel a whole lot safer due to the amazing intuition and investigative abilities of THAT sergeant!

  3. Trucker Dave

    When you don't know the thickness of the ice you are driving on, that's what makes it stupid. How do you determine the thickness of the ice you drive in? It was thick last year? That's stupid.

  4. Anonymous

    yea we had a truck fall thru in biglake alaska few weeks ago and I guess the guy went 40+ feet down and then swam up….. its scary stuff but its a way of life here.

  5. Anonymous

    Trucker Dave u use an auger to determine how thick the ice is and up here in alaska last year the ice was too thin to drive on for the most part we test it all winter long

  6. Dan Raoul Flauger

    on the ice is the one place wisconsinites take there seatbelts off..

  7. Anonymous

    Chicken Express is now serving absolutely delicious fish with fries now at a very reasonable price. It's a lot better than swimming in ice water.

  8. Ryan M Voss

    Really, the weight of the truck caused it…great observation Mr. Officer

  9. Dan Williams

    Are you people that hard up to go ice fishing in December when the lakes haven't been frozen in a while? Is there a reason why you can't wait until the dead of winter? I think when it gets to be sub zero for a while, then you can drive across the lake and do your boring ass fishing.

  10. Kenya Pendergrass

    I believe you are the dumbass. Have you ever lived up North? I lived in Wisconsin and Ice fishing and driving on the ice are a normal part of life.

  11. Phyllis Kelso

    2nd sentence. "Before succumbing to the frigid temperatures" This makes it sound like they did eventually succumb to the injuries. Thankfully they didn't.

  12. Jeff Kroeger

    Kenya Pendergrass ~ Okay…..so it's a normal part of life ? If I lived in Flint or Detroit Michigan, robbing & shooting people would be a "normal way of life"……but does that mean I want to do it bcos others do it ? I dunno…..I'm a firm believer in "to each his own", but if you wanna freeze your butt off, trying to catch a bluegill, then I would suggest a new hobby. Ice fishing is one of the few things worse than watching GOLF on TV ! lol AND….I highly doubt the insurance company is going to pay anybody for their vehicle. Are a few fish worth a $30,000 truck ? I think not. But, that's just my 2 cents.

  13. Jeff Kroeger

    Trucker Dave ~ That's a big 10-4 Dave. So a guy says he uses an auger. Is there some formula out there to calculate what's safe ? And……has ANYONE been COMPENSATED by their insurance comany when their truck went blub-blub-blub ? Anyone ? I think that I'd sit in the front row to see the look on the insurance agant's face when his customer says he want a check. LmAo !

  14. Garth Wagner

    Why use a truck? Why not a lighter vehicle like a car. A Ford F 150 can weigh 6-7000 lbs. A Ford Mustang weighs around 3500. I wonder if car insurance will cover the loss. I am guessing that driving on a frozen lake is something an insurance company would strictly exclude since it would normally be a total loss which would be due to the driver's own negligence.

  15. Jeff Kroeger

    In addition to that……ice gets tempered (or harder) as the mercury rises and falls. Again, it's too early. Of course, this is a general statement, as we all know that Canada has frozen lakes long before Iowa.

  16. Jeff Kroeger

    "Hey Honey……I suuurrre had a good day! I caught these 3 bluegills right here……..but they came with a price, as I lost my $30,000 truck through the ice. They'll suuurrrree taste mightee-good, knowing that I got such a deal on'em. I wonder what our insurance agent'.
    s going to say when I tell'im the truck went blub-blub-blub over a few fish? I'll call'im after we eat & after I call for a RIDE to WORK tomorrow. " $10,000 per fish. Yea……there's no stupidity in that now, is there? smh Anyone been compensated for a truck lost throught the ice? ANYONE? Just what I though…..silence is golden. lol

  17. Jeff Kroeger

    "Hey Honey……I suuurrre had a good day! I caught these 3 bluegills right here……..but they came with a price, as I lost my $30,000 truck through the ice. They'll suuurrrree taste mightee-good, knowing that I got such a good deal on'em. I wonder what our insurance agent's going to to say when I tell'im that the truck went blub-blub-blub over a few fish? I'll call'im after we eat & after I call for a RIDE to WORK tomorrow. " $10,000 per fish. Yea……there's no stupidity in that now, is there? smh Has anyone been compensated for a truck lost throught the ice? ANYONE? Just what I thought…..silence is golden. lol

  18. Kimberley Jacqueline-Marie Metivier Cowan

    Kenya Pendergrass, well obviously "Nan" isn't TOO bright herself! "Way TO many stupid people in ….." TOO would be the correct spelling…STUPID! I am from Canada..lived on the ice in winter, skiing across it, fishing…nothing stupid about it :)

  19. Jason Thompson

    insurance companies do cover the cost of your vehicle and getting it off the bottom of the lake, it is everyday life up here in the north country, i drove on it yesterday, good 11 inches out there

  20. Jason Thompson

    i knew i guy whose truck went to the bottom in 20 feet, he had a new truck from his insurance company before the divers could raise his old one from the bottom 2 weeks later

  21. Juliet Rose

    Dear Editor; succumbed means to die…midway through your story you said father and daughter were safe and called police. So the subjects in your headline survived this horrible accident. But you convoluted the story by adding another paragraph about a father and grandson who succumbed due to injuries IN New York to justify that attention grabbing banner?

  22. Jeff Kroeger

    Really ? They paid BEFORE the saw the damage ? So, he could get a new truck by just "saying" that it's on the bottom of a lake, if he wanted to ? Afterall, there's no "proof" to be seen (yet). Please understand that I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying that it all sounds pretty hard to believe and that this would just open the flood gates (no pun intened) for insurance fraud. I'll make some calls and see what I can find out.

  23. Jeff Kroeger

    Okay. I'll be a little more distinct. Do you really want to risk your own life, plus the possible lives of your sons, daughters, or whoever else happens to be there on the given day. PLUS lose your vehicle into the drink, all over some fish? huh? really? There just MuSt be better ways to past time up north. It's not like this only happens once every ten years.

  24. Jeff Kroeger

    Okay. I'll be a little more distinct. Do you really want to risk your own life, plus the possible lives of your sons, daughters, or whoever else happens to be there on the given day? PLUS, lose your vehicle into the drink, all over some fish? huh? really? There just MuSt be better ways to past time up north. It's not like this only happens once every ten years.

  25. Jackie Ziggy

    "Sadly, both victims died as a result of the accident. Although the pair were taken to area hospitals for treatment, both succumbed to their injuries." Last line of the article.

  26. Jackie Ziggy

    They aren't. Last line of the article: "Sadly, both victims died as a result of the accident. Although the pair were taken to area hospitals for treatment, both succumbed to their injuries."

  27. Doug Martin

    Jackie, Succumbing to their injuries is talking about a grandfather and his grandson that died last November. That was a complete seperate incident from the father and daughter referred to in this article and they survived!

  28. John Krzesowiak

    Some Insurance Have to cover for some dumb reason, its in some of our policys here in Mn

  29. Estelle Le Grande

    It is entertaining to imagine that, "While driving the truck across the frozen lake, the ice reportedly gave way." I personally have never seen ice drive a truck, but I suppose anything is possible. Does someone know why this story is written as though the readers are not-very-bright small children?

  30. Michael Ray

    The article state that the father and daughter were both able to escape the vehicle before succumbing to frigid temperatures. Later, after succumbing to the cold temperature they causally phoned the police from home to let everyone know they were absolutely fine. Am I incorrect to assert that these statements are contradictory and the reporter is either creating drama or oblivious to fact?

  31. Sue Marks Kachavos

    Jackie. They were talking about an incident that happened to an older gentleman and his grandson. The other two, father and daughter were fine.

  32. Holland Shoaf

    I see a market for instaneous vehicle floats. Clip em to the underside of the vehicles body with a pull string attached to all and secured to quickly accessible area. Sound dumb? Does driving on ice sound dumb?

  33. Kevin Lawrence

    Why drive on ice at all? Why not use the desiganted route that you would normally use if there were no ice at all? You take a risk at losing your life and/or your vehicle. It's disturbing how people commenting on this issue don't seem to have a problem with driving on the ice at all.

  34. Charles Purdy

    Driving on a frozen lake to get to the ice fish house? Purposely risking your life and losing your vehicle in a lake for the evening's dinner entree? What do you do for clothing, chase game through snake infested swamps and schlep the hides up a steep rocky crag to find Nanook The Tanner? I swear, some of us are DE-volving.

  35. Bob Simpson

    A hint to the "professional" writer: "Sadly, both victims died as a result of the accident. Although the pair were taken to area hospitals for treatment, both succumbed to their injuries." Delete the first sentence, unless the pair died twice. By the way, "pair" is singular. It should have been the "pair was." There is at least one grammatical error in my post. Oh wait… I'm not the reporter writing the article.

  36. Grover Pillsbury

    They may have been driving to fast on the ice. If you watch Ice Road Truckers they explain that if you go to fast it creates a wave under the ice and once that builds up it causes the ice to break.

  37. Grover Pillsbury

    They may have been driving to fast on the ice. If you watch Ice Road Truckers they explain that if you go to fast it creates a wave under the ice and once that builds up it causes the ice to break.

  38. Anonymous

    It's very simple people you have to test the ice before you go out on it! You also need to test it in different places depending on how far you go out. There are also situations I have seen when a you will hear a crack form in the ice and you can actually see it sometimes , I guess it's a stress crack but when this happens we usually move out pretty quick.

  39. Dan Stevenson

    It does seem that the first paragraph of the article is a bit confusing when it refers to the father and daughter, "A father and daughter were almost killed when their truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnipeg. Fortunately, both individuals managed to escape the icy waters before succumbing to the frigid temperatures." That opening paragraph makes it sound like the father and daughter escaped but then died later. This article has too many holes in it. The writer should have checked the thickness of the article before posting it lol.

  40. Dan Stevenson

    As you read this article you will see that it has too many holes in it. The writer should have checked the thickness of the article before posting it lol.

  41. Mark Plucinski

    OK, all of you saying driving on ice is stupid are speaking out of ignorance, like Chuck said it is a way of life in Minnesota and Wisconsin, too. There are many places where County roads are actually connected across lakes once the ice is safe. A rule of thumb we used is 12" thick of solid "black" ice. If it's milky or honeycombed, it's not safe. at 18" thick, the county would actually plow a path across and sand it if there was snow. If you know the lake and the ice condition, you will be safe.

  42. Alice Thomas Hardin

    Why does everyone have to be so negitive and mean, Why does it matter about why when and where! Glad the father and daughter made it through alive! This will be their best christmas ever and made some scary but eventful memories! Hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  43. Anonymous

    Around here we call this 'culling of the gene pool!' Definitely a contender for this year's Darwin Awards!

    Am happy, never the less, that this had a happy outcome!

  44. Anonymous

    What do I think about the truck falling through the ice? I think I will choose to continue to live in a place where I don't have to worry with things like that.

  45. Rob Purifoy

    If a person gets complacent or has a false sense of security with anything in life it becomes unsafe. As in, oh don't worry it's not loaded-BANG. That is more likely to happen where I live as we never have frozen lakes, but it falls along the same lines.

  46. Darell Lange

    I lived in North Dakota and my rule of thumb was when I seen 20 or 30 vehicles on a lake then I would drive on it after walking out and check with some of the fishermen to see actually how deep the ice is.

  47. Roy Powers

    "Boring ass fishing." Spoken like someone who never had to supplement their food supply by either growing it or catching it themselves.

  48. Xyanna Veduny

    I'm too afraid. Even if I see trucks on a lake I still won't get on the ice. Not safe. Yea yea I'm chicken, whatever. Still won't do it. Case in point.

  49. Anonymous

    there are "roads", paths across the Kama river in Russia. buses, cars, trucks pass along. me? I wouldn't drive my little Niva across. walk? prolly… it is about a kilometer wide.

  50. Paul Wilhite

    why was this Dad taking a chance with his daughter in the truck? I don't care how safe you think it is…get out and walk!

  51. Kim Regan

    You don't survive in environments like Alaska for too long and be stupid. Lakes and rivers are livelihoods, and they are intimately known and respected. Now if this guy were a recent transplant…

  52. Jacquelyn Edmonds

    What do I think about the truck in the Lake. Pollution first of all. Why take a pristine surrounding and ruin it for years to come. There are far less dangerous places to fish. Does he get arrested for child endangerment in Canada?

  53. Carmine Frasca

    not sure about your route but I deliver so many prescription drugs that i believe it's the cause of the current outbreak of stupidity..