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Truck drivers thankful for Ponder man's help

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

Icy roads in region worst encountered by career driver

Help was on the way for Bonnie Reeves Friday night when she and her team driver, Don Bailey, were caught in the bumper-to-bumper traffic along Interstate 35. 

They were traveling back from Florida when they got stuck along the interstate on their way to Valley View. They were rescued by two men at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Sam Erwin and his brother-in law Dillon Giles of Ponder helped several motorists along the interstate, Reeves said.

A trucker for 18 years, Reeves said she has seen it all and not once has she had to encounter anything as bad as the road conditions she was in Friday night. 

From 7:30 p.m. Friday until about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Reeves and Bailey were sitting in their 18-wheeler, unable to move.

That's where Erwin stepped in, Reeves said.

"He found out I was stuck and came and brought me right to my doorstep [in Ponder]," she said.

Reeves said the Erwin was out assisting stranded motorists in his four-wheel-drive truck for hours.

"He wouldn't take a cent from anyone," she said. "I didn't think there were very many people out there like him anymore. ... What he did was amazing."

Reeves said Erwin is struggling and expecting his first child with his wife soon.

"I just pray he is blessed with a happy and healthy baby," she said.

Bailey stayed with the vehicle and was able to drop off the trailer in Valley View late Saturday morning.  Assistance, she said, didn't stop there.

Erwin is coming to pick Reeves up later Saturday afternoon to meet Bailey in Denton off Loop 288 so they can head back to Jacksonville, Fla. 

"We are delivering Christmas mail, so it's gotta go,” she said. “We are filling in for another team, because this is usually our day off."

Reeves did say that while they might be headed towards lots and lots of rain, she will take that over ice any day. 

"I knew it was going to be a little icy,” she said. “But this wasn't anything I expected."

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.