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Truckers plow past region's record snow

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Almost every city within a day's drive is way above average for snowfall this winter.  It's no secret that roads have been treacherous.  And no one lays more miles down on the blacktop than long-haul truck drivers.

"Yeah, they allow us to stop when we think it's too bad or lot of times don't have any choice."

John Barber has been driving trucks for 13 years and says this is by far the worst winter he's headed out into.  Detroit, Columbus and Chicago are each at almost triple their average snowfall output.  While there have been colder stretches, he says snow and ice are all-time bad.  He puts Indiana right at the top.

"They've had more pile-ups in that state than I think they have in anywhere else.  I was involved in one of them… not my fault.  Somebody lost control and they hit me.  But I was involved in one, there was probably about 40 vehicles involved. 

Barber is a company driver who puts in between 550 and 600 miles in per day.  He's on his way towards Scranton, Pennsylvania today.  He's not at as much personal risk but his company feels the pinch of the rough winter.

"It effects the bottom line, of course.  It takes long to get, we're not to the customers, we're not on time as accurately as we'd like to be.  All these slowdowns and stuff, I mean it just hurts all the way around."

Richard Haigler makes the haul between the foothills of North Carolina and across the Appalachians.  The cold doesn't always agree with his big rig, which hauls toxic waste.

"The truck is just like our body.  We don't like, our body don't like the cold.  And the truck is the same way.  And cold metal, something's they break, it's just, it's rough on them."

 

As promised, here are some of the major snowfall totals so far:

 

Indianapolis:

45.1" Season to Date

19.5" Normal through date

 

Cleveland:

57.8" Season to date

43.3" Normal through date

 

Columbus:

47.6" Season To Date

17.8" Normal through date

 

Detroit:

70.8" Season To Date

27.7" Normal through date

 

Chicago:

62.1" Season To Date

24.3" Normal through date

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