Day 2 of the deep freeze and roads are still presenting challenges and leaving some drivers on the side of the road until help arrives.
Rudolph Dehoyos is an Illinois Dept of Transportation Minute Man and drives those familiar bright yellow trucks up and down the Cook County Expressways to help out motorists for free when they need him. At times. Dehoyas and his crews are often called heroes. They’ve seen it all.
“What’s strange in the winter times is that some cars overheat,” he says. “If you’ve got an old battery, it’s not going be able to keep up and it will stall in the lane of traffic.
The Minute Men were earning their paychecks this morning. Crash after crash, black ice early and we’re told, black ice again later tonight when even improving temperatures drop once more.
District Chicago handled 64 confirmed crash reports during the day. And Statewide, as of this morning, 364 motorists assists and 90 crashes.
Yet some drivers say it is getting better.
Minutemen are listening to scanners and responding to calls. What should a motorist do? Dial *999 and they will be there in, well, a minute–more or less. And for free.