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18-wheeler sideways on the interstate for the second time



18-wheeler sideways

This particular 18-wheeler was just rescued by Ward’s Wrecker service and had begun its journey again only to go sideways less than a mile up the road.

The 18-wheeler in question will remain unidentified but represents the hazardous road conditions that are in play in our area. The roads are too slippery to travel, especially in a vehicle that size.

The Interstate is shut down behind that 18-wheeler with traffic backed up 5 miles to the 8-mile marker. Several of the vehicles in the back up have been there for hours. The north frontage road from Old Highway 27 to Halls Ferry is closed until further notice because of the icy conditions. Several 18-wheelers and private vehicles are sitting on the side of the road in this area.

At 2 a.m. it is 18 degrees with a wind chill of 9 degrees. The snow is hard as ice and under the snow is ice. Temperatures later today will not get much above 30 degrees meaning this ice will be here all day long.

If you do not have to go out do not go out. Law enforcement and first responders have spent the last 24 hours freeing people from vehicles that have stalled or become stuck in the roadway. At 10 p.m. 240 stalled or stuck vehicle calls had come into the E-911 call center.

If you become stuck or stalled in your vehicle you may spend a very long time there before help can reach you. Worse yet you may block the path of a rescue or ambulance that is trying to reach a sick person.

If you do not have to go out, do not go out.

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