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Tandem Truck Ban on the Mass Pike

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB)– Time is of the essence for a truck driver getting from point A to point B, but many made the smart decision Thursday evening to pull over.

“I decided to stop here, take a rest and when the road is clear I will keep on driving,” says Carmen Ramos.

The conditions today made for a tough time getting around.

“It was pretty slick and I couldn’t tell where the lanes were, couldn’t see the pavement very well,” says driver Mark Leach. “I have a hard time even keeping the windshield clear from all the snow, it’s definitely not safe. I’ve seen a lot of wrecks today,” he continues to say.

All drivers arrived safely at the Ludlow plaza, abiding by the rules set by the state. Drivers moved at reduced speeds on the Pike.

“If you do the speed limit like 35 miles per hour; I’ve been averaging about 40, you’re in pretty good shape,” says Walter Halamaj.

Another regulation set, keeping tandem tractor-trailers off the road, because two trailers hooked together can cause an even bigger problem.

“They’re dangerous in every kind of weather because one can fishtail and with a little ice or snow one can fishtail and jackknife,” Halamaj adds.

Most of the drivers this evening will be en route again tomorrow, but the best idea for those who don’t have to be out…

“It’s better to stay home and don’t drive unless necessary,” says Carmen Ramos.


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