CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Those closings are causing truck drivers some major issues. Because they can’t get on the highways in Connecticut, they are being forced to camp out at some rest stops here in western Mass.
“I’m sleeping in the truck tonight, so I’m sure I’m going to be sleeping and rocking and rolling at the same time,” says Mark Stanton of Manchester, Conn.
Stanton was about 30 minutes from his home in Manchester, Conn. when he found out he’d have to spend another night on the road.
“I started out Sunday morning going out to Syracuse, N.Y., dropped off my load, then on my way back here I found out the Connecticut highway shut down at 11:00, I was about 30 minutes away from hitting the state line and making it home.
Stanton is certainly not alone.
At 11 o’clock this morning, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy banned all trucks from state highways — including 95, 84 and 91. He then banned all vehicular traffic two hours later.
“I gotta wait it out, there’s nothing i can do,” adds Chris Lamontank of New London, Conn.
For Lamontank, he less worried about sleeping in his truck, and more concerned about what he’ll find when he finally makes it home to New London, Conn. “They’re talking about 10 to 15 feet of water, above the pier,” he says.
Both men expect to have plenty of company at the Pride truck stop in Chicopee tonight.
And while a warm bed sounds a lot better than the cab of a truck, they’re a little relieved they don’t have to drive anywhere tonight, especially in this wind.
“The truck itself is a big box and the truck just acts like a kite in the wind,” Stanton notes.
Right now, there’s no word on when the highways in Connecticut will reopen but we’ll continue tracking the story and bring you the latest on wggb.com.