Truck Drivers Stuck At Rest Stop (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive)-- Hundreds of semi trucks are stuck at the Pilot rest stop off Goshen Road and Coliseum Boulevard in Fort Wayne.

"It started snowing and we was already low on fuel and we tried to get on out before it got in here, but it caught us in here and we got stuck. So we got jammed up back there. Pretty much stay here overnight,” says Derrick McGowan, a truck driver from Mississippi.

The foot or so of snow trapped them in place Sunday, and many of them found their brake lines frozen in the process.

That caused many of them to run out of fuel, but since so many other trucks were stuck where they were, they can't move to get more gas or get out.

With the temperature just setting a new record low of -13 with wind chills at -40, the truckers are doing everything they can to stay in their trucks since they've been ordered off the roads.

“The highway patrol run us in here because they shut the highway down. Now the brakes are all locked up, plus the snow, because it's like what, maybe two inches of ice under the snow? And then the snow got hard. But there's no salt, no sand, no nothing. So we're all locked in here," says Vance Epperson, a truck driver from Georgia.

"The roads were closed down and luckily I was able to get in here. I was supposed to be in Auburn this morning but that didn't happen," says Roger Vocasek, a truck driver from Nebraska.

He's supposed to drop off his delivery in Auburn Tuesday morning.

But there's no word on when plows or wreckers might try to get in to ease the logjam of semis.




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