Numerous MoDOT, IDOT plows hit by drivers

ST. LOUIS – Plowing all this snow is hard work, and more often than not, the other drivers on the roads make it even harder.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says two of their trucks – and one contractor's – were hit during the storm while they were trying to do their job.

In Illinois, drivers have hit six of the state's plows. Two of them were so badly damaged that they're out of commission for the rest of the week. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the accidents happened because someone was either following too closely or trying to pass them.

The department recommends that drivers use the "two-second rule" when following their vehicles. And if you do have to slow down because you're behind a plow, IDOT says to consider yourself lucky.

"You can't be safer, particularly in this situation, than right behind a plow," an IDOT official said. "If you can stay back 300-400 feet, let that operator do his or her job to the best of their ability. You're going to get where you need to go as safely as just about anybody."

Frigid temperatures are also causing some difficulty for drivers. Both MoDOT and IDOT say they've had trucks literally freeze up, to the point where they have to bring them in and thaw them out before putting them back into the rotation.

But departments still have their sleets out in full force tonight, and hope to make Tuesday's rush hour as smooth as possible.


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