Super Duty rescues big rig from New York snowstorm

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News
A story about a welder in a Ford Super Duty truck rescuing a big rig stuck in a Rochester, New York snowstorm is garnering plenty of attention for the automaker.

A Tuesday snowstorm in Rochester, New York, dumped dozens of inches of snow onto the Interstate 490 expressway, sending cars spinning and tractor trailers into ditches.

But the rough winter weather wasn’t enough to stop a Ford Super Duty.

Reporter Cristina Domingues and her camera crew at Time Warner Cable News in Rochester captured video of Chris Johnson, a welder from nearby Byron, pulling a stranded big rig in what appeared to be a 2003 model year F-Series Super Duty King Ranch with a two-tone paint job.

Johnson said he had rescued multiple tractor-trailers during the storm.

When asked how he was able to do it, Johnson reportedly responded, “It’s a Ford.”

The Dearborn automaker late last year introduced an all-new aluminum Super Duty, the first major upgrade for the vehicle since its introduction in 1999. Pricing or powertrain numbers have not released.

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