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2 passenger trucks removed from mountainside perch

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SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — Two passenger trucks have been freed from their mountainside perch, ending a six-day ordeal for two Texans whose predicament brought smirks and little sympathy from locals.

The Dodge Ram and Jeep Wrangler were dragged, nudged and driven to safety from a shelf above a steep 800-foot slope Saturday in what one man who helped remove the vehicles called an "extremely dangerous" five-hour operation.

Two all-terrain vehicles pulled the trucks off unstable ground.

"If one of them were to slip and fall off the side, it would pull the other off," said John Gilleland, whose Hummer helped extricate the trucks. "I can't imagine anyone surviving a roll that far down a slope."