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Deadly Storm Strands Drivers, Delays Shipping

by Jana Ritter - Published: 1/25/2016

Winter Storm Jonas turned out to be all it was warned to be, bringing ice, snow, flooding and high winds that pretty much shut down the East Coast over the weekend. At least 31 people are reported dead as a result of the storm, hundreds of crashes occurred and thousands of flights were cancelled. Not to mention that Jonas left hundreds of truck drivers and motorists stranded throughout the region, many for up to 24 hours.

                                                        stranded motorists hold make-shift mass

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On Saturday, more than 500 vehicles were left on a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where many tractor-trailers had reportedly jackknifed and blocked traffic near a tunnel. Truck drivers and motorists were also forced to wait long hours along the road without food, drink or bathroom access until the state police and National Guard were able to provide relief. “I've been driving a truck since 1998 and I have never been stuck for more than four or five hours before,” said truck driver, Mark Lusk. “This is crazy. By the time they get everyone moving, I assume it will be 24 hours for me sitting in one spot.” Fortunately people were able to help each other out and make the best of the situation, even holding a make-shift Sunday morning mass on the roadside. Nearly 200 tractor-trailers were also stranded along I-77 in West Virginia on Saturday.

                                                       Winter Storm Jonas

Although roads are re-opening and life is slowly resuming on Monday, freight transportation and railways are still crippled in the storm’s aftermath. Ports of New York and New Jersey’s four largest container terminals are remaining closed until Tuesday and delayed travel is not only slowing freight pickups and deliveries in the East, but its affecting supply chains throughout all of North America. CSX Transportation said their biggest challenges were along railway routes stretching from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Trains were held because of the severe weather conditions and because road conditions simply prevented many crew members from getting to work. “Customers should expect delays up to 48 hours on freight moving through these impacted areas,” a CSX spokesperson said.

                                                     Storm strands motorists

Trucking companies in the Northeast are also still facing serious delays. Although the storm has subsided and road conditions are slowly improving, many road restrictions are still in place and parking lots and freight yards are still filled with snow. Trucks simply have nowhere to go. “Due to road restrictions and the ongoing snow removal efforts of businesses throughout the region, there is currently no delivery service in Maryland, northern Virginia, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and metro New York,” said trucking company, A. Duie Pyle. Other carriers across the region are facing the same problems and warning customers that deliveries will be limited and delayed until road conditions improve.


Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
"Deadly Storm Strands Drivers, Delays Shipping" Thank goodness we have the news media to tell us that. Otherwise, we would have thought everything was normal in spite of all the trucks who were stuck in the snow for days. [snicker]
Ricardo A Santos
Ricardo A Santos
I was shoveling snow over the weekend on. NYC Just to be here at i80 256 to Serb those hungry truckers
John Laprade
John Laprade
America cannot survive without truckers
Curtis Littrell
Curtis Littrell
Made it from laredo to crossville,tn with no problem and now headed to detroit..whats the problem...hahahaha
Joe Werner
Joe Werner
At least there was no pile up during the storm. Maybe everyone got CB's for Xmas
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
How many companies shut down their fleets?
James Fish
James Fish
I made it to Hebron, OH before sitting for a couple days. Made it through yesterday
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Didn't know they made anything on the east coast. They do a lot of consuming.
Michael Knox
Michael Knox
I made it to york easy.... then the pipe yard dropped the ball and still doesn't have the yard clear.....
Chris West
Chris West
I'm just thankful not to have had a crane appointment those can be expensive
Andy Falenski
Andy Falenski
Nice down here in Florida.
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
Not a single one you know that
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
"Not a single one you know that" What's the 20 on the "that"?
John Breckenridge
John Breckenridge
I made it to eastern pa