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Police, Sheriff, Highway Patrol, DOT, Fire Dept's, sorry we cant get through!

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  1. GlenBaccarat79

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    Well, WOW! I appreciate life and almost truly died yesterday. A word of caution to those that ignore weather, wind, blizzard warnings. Please, carry blankets, boots, winter clothes, water, etc., in your cars if you travel. I was an asshole yesterday and came close to a real tragedy. My little boy was on the phone and said, "Please daddy go home get inside". I was stuck and wet and freezing and frostbite was seriously setting in. And this is coming from someone that works on the highways and has experience in the badlands and the Midwest. I am now safe (after the Army came to the rescue) in my office a couple hours ago after spending 18-19 hours outside in the car and transfers twice to make it 2 miles. I am posting a few pictures for your info, a few will laugh, but hey, maybe someone will be helped one day cause of this!

    I live about 14 miles west of where I have my yard and office. The two lane and four land highway are always plowed and never a problem, even with the major full fledged blizzard last week. I have a brand new car and always wear just sneakers, jeans, t shirt with a hoodie and do carry a jacket when I drive to work. My winter clothes are in my office and my Quick Response vehicle for my company.

    On the way yesterday I left the house around 6;10am, I got outside of town and the winds started to pick up. About 5 miles from the office/yard, the winds were intense with blowing snow so hard you could not see the hood of your car. It was bad. I put the window down and tried my best to stay on my side of the 2 lane highway, the winds had to be gusting to well over 60, possibly 70mph. The weather said the raw winds were up around 39-41mph. Gusts probably easily double that. My hoodie was up and the heat full blast. My face was beat red and could not even see the ground, doing about 3-5 MPH. I got a few more miles, it is all rural, nothing around. I got up on the hill and there was a slid off pick 4wd. I had to stop and went out to ask the guy if he was okay, he was. Within another minute it was snowing so hard and winds picked up, no way to drive. Another car and another car pulled up behind me. We all made the decision to wait it out, a DOT snow plow would come by with an hour, they always do. Will 7am turned into 8 and then 9 and then 10AM. We all know we were in trouble. The guy behind me runs out of gas and jumps in my car. I only have a bit less than a 1/8th of a tank at that point. Then a young 20's kids tried to pass us all in the middle other lane in a damn mini van and gets stuck. I know it would be a problem, how would the snow plows get through now???

    I called the county sheriff and they said, "Glen, no way we can get through, try calling the fire dept, they might. No go, they can't. Then the state patrol and the DOT. Everyone knew cars were out there but could do nothing, zip, nadda, zilch, they cannot get to us. Realization of a bad situation that can turn extremely dangerous is now setting in. They all said they had hundreds of accidents and medical emergencies. They had one or two Sno-Cat's in the areas on load to the police and they were using them for medical emergencies only and had a waiting list, they told us to stay in our cars.

    About 1:30 or so the plows arrive behind us. The biggest baddest DOT Caterpillar graders with the huge V front plow the 2 side wings on the passenger side and the wing on the drivers side. There was two of them and a huge multi bladed DOT dump truck plow also. Great! We are rescued!

    Well, like I thought, dipshit in his minivan messed it up. The plow drivers all came up and we tried to shovel and push the van out, no go. Now we are all soaking wet, and I mean to the bone, we are all in a life threating situation. We all decide to pull the last car back, then the car that ran out of gas back also with the plows. Then mine, I was not stuck but all around me the drifts came in. So we all started to shovel. No go, snow too deep. Now I was a bit stuck and then plan was to chance the big grader plow going around the mini van and plow and then move all the snow in front of us. Leave the mini van there. They got around and tried, snow too deep, drifts up to 8 and 10 feet. Visibility 2 inches at best. Following the plows was a family in a four wheel drive pickup, I hoped in and they said they would give me a ride to my office a couple miles up the road as they had to get on the interstate to get home anyways. We get a mile down the road, the big grader plow is now sideways blocking the road. No way to get through, everyone turn around. So they told us to go to the fire department near by, hot food and shelter until we go get back to the cars, etc. The family was hell bent on not doing that and we knew a side road to get to an exit 3 miles up the interstate and back tot he same highway we were on, they would drop me at my office/yard and be back on the northbound I-State which was still open.

    We get to the exit ramp southbound I-State where we intended to get. Blocked! About 15 plus tractor trailers and a dozen cars. We wait and wait. The guy is half on the slow land and one tire off as there was a guard rail there, we were waiting to get on the exit ramp, bad spot, I seen so many slide offs and crashes happen that way in cases like this. Step out of the vehicle, the road is all iced over below the snow, zero traction, none. The guy says they have to leave before they close the I-State. I go over to a crew cab company truck with 3 guys in it. Ask if I could wait with them and they said sure. Grab my stiff and thank the nice people. They pull a u turn in the police turn around section of the median which was plowed right there and go north bound. I jump in the pickup. They were just involved in a 15 car pile up 10 miles before and rushing to get one of the passengers to the hospital 30 miles south. Ambulances could not get through. Life Flight could not operate due to the winds. Police could not transport, they were getting stuck as well. It was bad! They were on the ramp cause they had between 1/8 and empty of gas and needed to get to the two truck stops at the exit ramp there.

    After about an hour a state patrol is going from car to car checking on everyone. Telling everyone the ramp is completely blocked with up to 20 foot snow drifts at the bottom to get off to the truck stops. He knows these guys from the accident back up the I-state. Tells them he knows as of right now the next exit about 10 miles further south is open and there are services there open as well. They make the decision to go. I tell them thanks, put my hoddie up and gloves on and wet to the bone, I jump out. If you have never been in blizzard winds, completely wet, without proper winter clothes, no face mask, you really have no idea what this does to your body as the winds are hitting it. After one truck length I can't feel me feet, seriously down and make sure they are still there, scary. I felt myself shuffling but was walking, I need to get in someone's car or truck. There is no way I will make it to the bottom of the ramp and to my office/yard. I stop at one pickup and he has a full seat to the ceiling with his luggage and itmes, etc. I stop at another SUV, completely full with people and luggage they picked up from standard cars, etc., out of gas. I come across a guy in a company truck and no passenger, says to jump in. He is running out of gas also, been there since 7 am on the ramp and it s now about 5-5:30PM. The car in front of the one in front of us is a State Trooper and then two more cars up is another state officer for commercial truck enforcement. The guy tells me they keep checking on everyone every hour. The Trooper comes back and looks in our truck. He says, Glen, WTF-where did you come from. I told him and he said stay put. Told him after I warm up I was going to walk to the end of the ramp and under the I-State and over to my office/yard which was on the other side of a large truck stop and motel. He said you are F****king crazy you will never make it. He told us of the drifts out at the bottom of the ramp, you can't walk over those no way. Just wait we have help coming he said.

    Well, about 6 more hours later, they arrive with front end loaders and heavy wreckers. They move the jackknifed tractor trailers at the end of the ramp and then start clearing the snow coming in the ramp head on. Slow process, each truck and car is moved one by one to exit. Finally us and the guy drives me to my yard and then goes across the street to get gas and sleep in his truck. I slept for a few hours and popped some hot pockets in the microwave. Thank god I got a 7 foot couch at my office, some food and drinks and stuff. I'm good till the morning. Have to work anyways, at least I am in by 7am. LOL.

    Sucks to have gone out this way, when I used to never have a problem in Camden, Newark, Paterson New Jersey, Or, South Bronx, Jerome Avenue, East New York, the 75th, or anyway in the northeast. Just some reflection is all, thinking out loud.

    Here are the pictures I took just in case it could help someone.
     
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    This was the first place I had to stop and where the plows came but the kid fresh out of school thought he was going to plow a front wheel drive mini van past cars and 4WD Super Duties stuck in the drifts.
     
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    This is on the Interstate trying to get on the exit ramp that was blocked and where the state patrol wanted everyone out and down the I-State somewhere else. Notice the drifts, those 6 to 7 footers were nothing compared to the ones up on the ramp.
     
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    Picture when I first stopped to check on this guy, I was worried about him and wasn't going to drive past him like others were trying to do.
     
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    After about 5 or more hours on the ramp they finally were working their way up to clear the vehicles off.
     
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    Last 2 pictures and off the ramp, under the overpass, past tons of emergency workers, etc. Into the office.
     
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    About 30 of the tractor trailers that were in the roadway and the ramps that could not get into the truck stops last night were escorted over to our place in our yard. I believe this is the worst sustained winds and storm in many years around the Midwest.
     
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    Jeez man! Glad you're okay. Sounds like a completely crazy experience.
     
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    Crazy, glad you are safe. My car I s a beast in the snow (cayenne turbo with blizzak tires) but I still keep a shovel and a back pag with extra clothes, knife,rope, Mylar blanket, etc in the back.. My wife always laughs at it but I'd rather be age than sorry


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