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MODOT helps dozens stranded in subzero conditions

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 18:34:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — In subzero weather, the last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road.

“Its horrible. I am freezing,” said Joe, a man who had a flat tired in Lee’s Summit.

41 Action News spent a few hours with MODOT Emergency Response crews.

“Pretty consistent. I have been pretty busy today,” said Torrey Canady, MODOT Emergency Response driver.

From the moment we joined Canady, we were sent to a call.

Joe didn’t want his last named used in this story. When we met him, he was under his car, trying to change a flat tire. The weather outside at the time was -4 degrees and he had no gloves or hat on.

Every stop had a different story, but we noticed a lot of times, crews were stopping to help people that had overheating issues with their cars.

“I was headed to work,” said Kristen Eib.

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Eib was one of many Wednesday that had overheating problems due to a lack of coolant.

“My car started overheating and I was checking the gauge like most people do. I pulled on the side of the road and noticed smoke,” said Eib.

You’ve heard it many times, make sure you have an emergency kit in the car.

Canady says you never know how long it will take before help arrives.

“Make sure you have an emergency kit, blanket, anti-freeze, battery cables, spare tire is operating, and a couple bottles of water,” said Canady.