Hundreds of Truckers Remain Stranded in Fort Wayne (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 6:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - Hundreds of truck drivers remain stranded at the Goshen Road Pilot rest stop, but it isn't due to icy road conditions. It is in large part due to their frozen trucks.

Since Allen and the surrounding counties put a travel advisory into effect this past weekend, hundreds of drivers have had to remain at the Pilot station on Goshen and Coliseum. While road conditions are improving and some travel is being permitted, many drivers still can't leave because their truck is snowed in.

"The most frustrating right now is not being able to get out when everything is all cleared up," says John Vollrath, a driver stranded since Saturday night. "Those wreckers, they cost an arm and a leg - especially if you're an owner/operator. So it's all about helping hands out here."

One of those lending a helping hand is Brian Walberry of Fort Wayne.

"I'm a good samaritan, so I wanted to come out and give my effort and helping hand and get them unstuck because I know it is very important that these deliveries are made in time. America's run pretty much off semi trucks."

Quite a few drivers have also been complaining their truck is "gelling up" due to the subzero temperatures. Vollrath explains.

"There is a certain temperature where the diesel starts to gel, just like dishwasher soap. And even if you put fuel additive in there to make it not gel up, at -12, -15 degrees it's hopeless. Especially if you've been sitting for two, three days."

Once this happens, it becomes next to impossible for the fuel to flow to the engine and get trucks running properly.




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