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Storm Shuts Down Roads, Delays Hundreds of Drivers

by Jana Ritter - Published: 2/03/2016

The Midwest has been hit with another major snowstorm, delaying drivers in southern Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Michigan and South Dakota.

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Even before portions of the interstates began to close down on Tuesday, truck drivers and motorists around Sioux Falls played it safe and stayed off the roads finding refuge wherever space allowed. By Tuesday night, a truck stop near the I-29 and I-90 interchange had big rigs packed like sardines. Scott VanBrunt was among the many truck drivers holed up at the Flying J and as someone who has been driving for more than a decade he knows the risks of trying the road in blizzard like conditions. "The thing weighs up to 80,000 pounds at times and it's hard to stop and when conditions get like this it's even harder,” he said. "Then factor in 45 mile per hour winds. If you're not careful a gust of wind can push you right off into the ditch."  There were many truck drivers who shared VanBrunt’s sense of playing it safe and stayed off the roads, including Thomas Marcy who was on his way to Kansas City. "With the snow blowing and the wind and with not a lot of weight in my trailer, I don't really want to drive to far because it can blow you sideways," said Marcy. “I just figured if I got down further south that the roads would be worse and everybody would be piled into the truck stop and not find places to park."

                                          I-80 closes

The storm continued to force road closures all the way through central and northeast Nebraska and on Wednesday, officials temporarily closed a major stretch of Interstate 80 from Lincoln to North Platte and then North Platte to Ogallala, meaning that drivers were forced off nearly 275 miles of the state's major east-west highway. The storm dumped 10 to 18 inches of snow along the Interstate and the whiteout conditions made it even worse, preventing crews from clearing the roads.“It was impossible for people to see, so it was not safe for anyone to be out on the road, including our folks,” said Jeni Lautenschlager of the Department of Roads. A number of vehicles also got stuck and were left along the Interstate as well, including hundreds of semis lined up along I-80 eastbound between exit 177 and 179, and others along an access road and U.S. Highway 83. At approximately 2 p.m. central time, the conditions finally let up enough to re-open the roads.


Tim Scott
Tim Scott
That's why I love being from the South.. I'm A Trucker for 10+ years and with that being said you can't pay me enough to drive or get stuck in a snow storm.. Texas Boy 4LIFE
Stephen Bour
Stephen Bour
What I find amusing is drivers in Wyoming who are surprised by winter weather. Even the locals seem befuddled when it's cold,windy,and snowing. Road shutdowns? Routine.
Robert Miracle
Robert Miracle
PRAYERS FOR ALL THE TRUCKERS OUT THERE
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
Yep I was there it was bad I was in North Platt ne but it still not cleaned up in wy I 80 I 25 still closing due to this storm we are setting in Cheyenne right now can't go no were and don't know when we be able two we were in ne for 3 days before we could leave and snow was half way up the front our big rig when they did open I 80 tuesday night I went 55 miles in 31/2 hr the roads were not say till morning they shouldn't been opened seen 3 rig go over just going two fast I watched a man lose his life to this storm
Diana Clifton
Diana Clifton
Be safe out there Truckers. Sending prayers for all of you to be safe!!!!!!!
Charles Miller Jr.
Charles Miller Jr.
The times you spend shut down doesnt compare to the alternative outcome. If you have never been there you would never know the risks and pains involved. God bless and be with you, fellow trucker.
Jim Rigney
Jim Rigney
Be safe brother's and sister's. I wonder how those elogs are working out for everbody!
John Hanks
John Hanks
E-Logs worked just fine for me.
Aaron S Caldwell
Aaron S Caldwell
This is why you plan ahead and take different route or sit for days!
Dick Traxler
Dick Traxler
I've been stuck with or without planning. It's all up to mother nature. North route vs south route.
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
Some had no choice I was in SD then a load to Denver then another stop to salt lake city trust me this the first time all year I have been stuck like this let me refrain this this is the first time in my driveing career I have been shut down for more the 12 hr and I planed I had food water and keep my fuel at full never letting it get below 1/2 tank but when u get put up here ur stuck
Cyril Jamieson
Cyril Jamieson
There is no planning crossing 80 in Wyoming, you're either gonna make it or u won't lol
Elizabeth Griswold
Elizabeth Griswold
Mean while in Alaska, the weather is warm and dry. For this time of year anyway.
Dan Copenhaver
Dan Copenhaver
They new it was coming. Trudged on only to do this. Boo Hoo.
Martin Rodriguez
Martin Rodriguez
Cuidado con la 57 es muy traicionera en este clima
Timothy Brewer
Timothy Brewer
Just got back from Alabama
Ricky Cottonmouth Patterson II
Ricky Cottonmouth Patterson II
That's why I take 90 or 70
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
Melanie Rachelle Dunahue
I 90 was closed and I 70 closed even longer 287 is still closed
Ricky Cottonmouth Patterson II
Ricky Cottonmouth Patterson II
They work hard to reopen 70 quickly because of the ski resorts
Dick Traxler
Dick Traxler
I remember those days.
Susie Crawford
Susie Crawford
Be very careful
Shawn Ryan
Shawn Ryan
Be safe.
John Kimbrell
John Kimbrell
Which company's paid delay pay??
Torey Bowling
Torey Bowling

Rusty Turley
Rusty Turley
David Nickelson