STRANDED! A Dozen Truck Drivers Stranded, Hungry And Out Of Fuel In Idaho
Fremont County, Idaho – About a dozen semi-truck drivers have been stranded on Highway 20 north of Island Park since Monday.
According to a report by Idaho’s Local News 8, the truck drivers became stranded due to impassable roads because of a snow storm. Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) spokesperson, Megan Stark, said, “We’ve got drifts anywhere from 6 to 10 feet out there right now. We’ve got 40 mile an hour wind gusts. It’s pretty bad. So, for safety purposes and keeping everybody warm and everything, we have the road closed.”
Danny Casillas is one of the drivers who has been stranded since Monday. He was on his way from Montana to Twin Falls when he got stuck at the Highway 20 and Highway 87 junction around 9:30 p.m.
According to Casillas that portion of the road was closed when he tried to safely navigate it. He said he saw the signs indicating the road closure, but chose to press forward.
“There was really no place to turn around,” he said. “I have a semi wrecker. I was towing another semi so I’m a lot shorter than a full sized truck. But it was already so bad you couldn’t turn around and I just didn’t want to stop and get stuck way out there farther than where I was at.”
Brutal weather conditions is not the only challenge these truckers are facing. According to Casillas, many of them have run out of fuel and no longer have any food.
Casillas said many of the drivers had not had anything to eat for more than 24 hours until Fremont County Sheriff’s volunteers Search and Rescue brought some much needed supplies on Tuesday. “They just brought a bunch of fuel and sandwiches for people out here. So we’re very thankful for these guys,” Casillas said.
Fremont County also brought out plows to help dig the trucks out, but Sparks said there is only so much they can do. ITD anticipates the truckers will be there until at least Thursday as more snow continues to make its way into the area.
Casillas said he and the other drivers were frustrated by the lack of ITDs ability to clear the roads. “It’s 2019. Maybe one day, one night stuck out here, but you know, two, three days stuck, this shouldn’t be happening,” he said.
Fremont County says it will continue to provide emergency services to the drivers until they can get out.
We will continue to monitor any new developments.