Snowstorm banishes truckers from Thruway

March 15, 2017 12:07 AM

GUILDERLAND - At least three dozen tractor trailers and their drivers were left stranded at the Thruway rest area in Guilderland this week, ordered by Thruway officials to remain off the superhighway until the super snow storm ended.

"If my wheels aren't turning, I'm not making (any money)," said Chuck Doris, a Utica-based trucker on his way to Massachusetts. "I'm stuck. I feel anxiety. You feel like you're in prison."

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Kevin Jiles, of Springfield, Massachusetts is in the same boat.

"You don't expect (this snow) in the middle of March," he says, "This is February weather."

Josh Olin, an independent trucker from Palm Springs, California might be in a tighter predicament. By Tuesday night he had already been off the road for 24 hours, and there was no end in sight to the storm. He needed to drop his load in Boston and then make it to Charlotte, North Carolina by Friday night where he's to be a groomsman in his friend's wedding.

"This is about the most snowfall I've ever seen," he says, "I'm a desert rat from Palm Springs. Talk to me about 120 degrees and I understand that. I don't understand this."

The Thruway is expected to reopen to truckers on Wednesday.


Dan Levy

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