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Weather forces drivers to sleep in their vehicles

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Icy road conditions forced many truck drivers and other motorists to spend the night Friday in their cars and trucks. Credit: KMOV Icy road conditions forced many truck drivers and other motorists to spend the night Friday in their cars and trucks. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

After Friday night’s cold weather which brought poor road conditions there were many travelers who were forced to spend the night in their vehicles.

Abandoned cars and trucks filled the interstates as of Saturday morning.

“It’s just been havoc,” truck driver Drazen Stephens said. “You couldn’t make any sudden movements.  You were sliding (all over the place).”

One rest stop off Interstate 70 had at least 20 semis as of nine o’clock in the morning – all with drivers still waking up from the night before.  Some had been there since as early as three in the afternoon. 

All of them knew they had no chance of getting to their destinations because of the traffic and road conditions.

“We thought, well, there’s probably an accident and sure enough there were a lot of accidents,” Mark Rucker said. “We were down to seven miles per hour and then we were down to three miles per hour.  We thought we’ll get to the TA and stop because it took us five hours just to get here.”

Both Rucker and Stephens say you could hardly find a place to park in the rest stop due to the crowd.

“Last night it was really bad,” Rucker said. “Drivers were parking anywhere they could find an open spot to park.”

“The whole parking lot was filled,” Stephens said. “You couldn’t even walk there were so many trucks and cars.  People just had to get off the road.”

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