Slick highways force truck drivers to take a break

Posted at 2:55 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 15:55:57-05

Truck drivers throughout the metro ran into dangerously slick roads on Saturday.

Before daybreak, ice covered roadways proved to be too much for first responders and professional truck drivers. Three tow trucks helped turn over a tractor trailer that flipped over on 71 highway near 43rd Street.

Daveon Mallory patiently parked his tractor trailer at Flying J's on I-435 near Front St. to avoid an accident.

"If this trailer gets from behind this tractor, multiple fatalities, cars pile ups," said Mallory.

Tractor trailers are hard to maneuvers and even harder to stop on ice covered roads. The drivers have to be account for the ice and the chance of water refreezing during their short and longer distance runs.

Mallory says he feels a great responsibility to heed to the weather because of the size of his truck and its' load.

"It's not like two cars having an accident. You have a big rig swing around it can take out two or three cars easily," said Mallory.



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