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Truckers Heed Warnings and Hunker Down


a href="http://www.wggb.com/2012/12/21/acid-leak-draws-hazmat-response-in-sturbridge/truck-stop/" rel="attachment wp-att-180449">truck stopSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) — Governor Patrick has been urging drivers to stay off the roads throughout the day and some tractor trailer drivers are happily heeding his warning.  At the Fifties Diner right off the Pike at the end of 291 in Springfield the tractor trailers are filling the lot and the drivers are hunkering down for the storm.

Mike Emerson plans on spending the weekend at that stop having heard the Governor’s warnings and he’s not alone. Karl Emerson is also staying at least through Sunday, however his company is less understanding.

“My company is out of Arizona and they obviously they don’t know what snow looks like. But I know what it looks like and they were none to happy with me when I told them I was laying off and not going anywhere. I guess sometimes they believe it is more important to move the freight than it is to be safe doing it,” Karl said.

Although these drivers are staying off the roads and staying safe, they do have a couple of warnings for us regular drivers who may have to venture out and encounter a tractor trailer truck.

” Leave a truck plenty of room. Don’t pass, just stay behind them, you’re gunna get there,” says Karl.

When asked how far a driver should stay back to be safe he added, “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”

And if you do find yourself behind a tractor trailer truck this weekend you can expect to see snow and possibly ice coming off the top. Truck drivers are not required to remove that snow and it’s not always safe for them to try.

“It’s not no it’s actually dangerous for us to go up there and try and shovel it off,” Mike Emerson said.

Perhaps the best idea is to follow these drivers example. Find good friends and family and ride out the storm.


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