U-Haul truck hoisted out of empty Las Vegas pool


Police were called to the back yard of a Las Vegas home to help a tow truck driver hoist a U-Haul truck out of an empty swimming pool.

The Las Vegas Police Department said officers were dispatched about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday on a request to keep the peace while Jose Norena of Big Valley Towing worked on getting the moving truck out of the empty pool.

“You never realize what people do until you become a tow truck driver,” Norena told KSNV-TV.

“When we got the call originally, we kind of didn’t believe it. We needed some visual evidence, so we asked for a picture. In fact, the truck was in the pool,” he said.

Big Valley Towing posted a video to Facebook showing truck with a large pulley being used to hoist the U-Haul out of the pool. The company said the driver’s shoelace became stuck on the accelerator when he was pulling into the driveway and the truck ended up in the backyard pool.

Norena said the operation will cost the U-Haul driver about $3,000.

“The set-up is really time-consuming,” Norena said. “Luckily, there was no water in the pool, so it made the recovery a little bit easier.”

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