Riding With Batman And Robin

By Peter Ambrose
By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

February 25, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The latest winter storm to cruise through our area came down like a freight train.

Snow fell steadily through the night and piled up, making driving conditions hazardous on local streets and highways forcing multiple schools to close for a second day in a row.

City crews were out from the get-go protecting and cleaning streets. Lawrence Carter and Victoria Haas are two of many truck drivers dropping salt and plows to clear roadways.

They were in tandem to keep the streets and themselves safe. Vicki says, “I Love working with Lawrence. He’s a great guy. He's a great leader. He's a lead truck, and I follow behind him and he knows exactly what he's doing and how to do his job.”

Lawrence agrees saying, "You always have somebody there to watch your back. You know, I watch out for her, Vicki, and she watches out for me. We make sure that both of us stay safe."

Vicki is one of eight women hitting the streets in the massive trucks. It’s an industry dominated by men. She’s out-numbered nearly nine to one at work. She says, “I love it. I love doing this job. I originally got it because it's better money and it pays the bills. As a single parent I needed that but as I started doing the job, I learned how to work equipment and operate a big truck that I didn't think I'd be able to do. But I've been doing it for almost 17 years."

She says she is the Batman of her truck team. Lawrence is Robin. Ask Lawrence, that the order of those names might switch but one thing holds true: Steel and Salt are their superpowers and they keep the roads safe.

Strong winds are expected, so count drifting on roads, especially in rural areas.

So far, Indiana State Police officials didn't have too many problems with crashes early Friday morning, but as the morning went on more slideoffs were reported.

The essential message is: If you don't have to drive, stay home.

State Police also ask that you NOT call them for updates on road conditions, since their phone lines and dispatchers need to be kept free for emergency calls.

You CAN call INDOT’s Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-261-Road or visit the TrafficWISE website.

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