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Waddington man escapes injury after his truck falls through the ice in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE - A Waddington man escaped injury after the truck he was driving fell through the ice just off the causeway near Wilson Hill.

State police said the 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Timothy P. Martin, 53, of 175 McGinnis Road, fell through the ice shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Troopers said Mr. Martin, who was in the truck by himself, told them he was going out to check on the ice when the front end of his truck fell through the ice.

After freeing himself from his vehicle and walking to shore, Mr. Martin said he was surprised that his truck fell through.

“I’m really shocked that it was that thin,” he said. “It went from 12 inches down to four really fast.”

Mr. Martin explained when there is 12 inches of ice it’s considered safe to drive on.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” he said, adding he was scouting the ice with plans of bringing his camper out on the ice this weekend.

“I guess I can’t do that,” he said, theorizing that the stiff winds this week must have broken up the ice.

“Last week, I could drive straight to the island,” he said.

While falling through the ice, might seem like a scary event, Mr. Martin said he was never fearful for his life or even scared at all.

“As soon as I went in, I said ‘Oh s——.’” he recalled. “But I knew how shallow the water was, so I wasn’t worried.”

In fact, after the front of his truck fell through, Mr. Martin said he opened his window and was able to escape easily.

“My front end went through then I opening my window and got my butt out of there,” he said. “I watched my truck sink.”

Both DEC and state police said no tickets were expected to be issued and Mr. Martin was planning to return to the ice Tuesday with his brother Terry to pull the truck out of the ice.

“We’ve done this before,” Mr. Martin said, adding his brother had a truck go through the ice about 15 years ago.

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