Dozens of semi-trucks stranded by cold weather conditions, road closures

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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The freezing weather is fun for some, but it can also be dangerous. A stretch of I-10 from Leon County to Suwannee County was shut down Wednesday morning due to icy roads.

Dozens of semi-trucks were forced to exit the interstate, causing major back-ups. Many truck drivers were frustrated just having to sit and wait.

"I’m frustrated, yeah. Because I’m ready to go home. I’m running out of time. I’m ready to get home to my kids because we've never seen snow and it’s snowing back at home," said truck driver Robert Beck.

Some of them hit the road early Wednesday morning to avoid the bad weather, only to be forced off the highway because of safety concerns. Rows and rows of semis were stuck on the sides of the roads in Tallahassee.

"Some of us drivers out here, we've been in worse," said Scott McBride.

The truck drivers said they get paid by the mile, so if they're not moving, they're not making any money.

The main reason for the closure was safety.

Tallahassee Police were responding to a traffic crash Wednesday morning on the I-10 flyover near Thomasville Road when another car lost control and collided with the patrol vehicles. Only minor injuries were reported in both accidents.

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