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Winter storm Diaz buries large rig in snow in South Dakota

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A big part of Interstate 90 was closed briefly last week due to a snow storm that pour heavy snow across South Dakota and burying homes and businesses. The South Dakota Highway Patrol warned that the interstate would be closed for several days, and even fined motorists and commercial truck drivers who did not pay attention. alert.

But even truckers heeded SDHP’s warning and decided that they didn’t want to pretend that their trucks were full of adult elk crashing through the troubled snow walls in Vivian, South Dakota, after a snowdrift sent them off. stuck on the highway and buried from 70 to 80 large rigs, like Drive report.

Vivian South Dakota Aftermath of the blizzard | Stop fueling coffee cup

Go read this account about what it’s like being stuck in storm are from Drivewhich quotes truckers as Conrad quailand others trapped in the snow were whipped so hard that it ended up piling up on their sleepers and covering their truck’s radiators:

Quail explains that before his truck was fully restored, a local with a heavy-duty piece of equipment was able to clear the front end so the radiator could breathe. The photos show snow piled up near Peterbilt’s headboard; Combined with the weight of the payload, this makes pulling out particularly difficult.


Conrad Quail told me he was pulling Oversized load when you pull in Stop fueling coffee cup around 10:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday. They blocked Interstate 90, leading him and dozens of other drivers to a gas station just off Highway 83. He was finally able to leave around noon on Sunday, and he confirmed there was approx. 70-80 pickups were there with him.

While the interstate closures didn’t last through the weekend, many truckers were unable to get back on the roads for hours afterward and even today. Some of them had to wait for help from towing rigs and other heavy machinery to dig them out of the snow.

The Weather channel and local news outlets, such as KELO and KOTAreported that similar snow removal was being carried out across South Dakota, as drifting snow partially buried even two-story homes as easily as the sleeper cabins of commercial trucks at fuel stop at Vivian.

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