FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — During frigid weather, your car can be a fickle friend. Before noon Wednesday, more than 100 cars and semis were left stranded on the road because of the cold.
The Indiana State Police is making sure drivers are okay. We joined Trooper Jared Fradenburgh on a ride along and in less than 2 hours we found more than a dozen semi-trucks stranded on the side of the road.
Many of the vehicles were abandoned, but some were waiting for help without any heat.
Fradenburgh says because it’s so cold diesel fuel will start to freeze, turning into a gel-like consistency. This brings trucks to a stop.
“They didn’t guarantee that you’d always be warm and dry in this job, but it is a guarantee that you will help someone every day,” Trooper Fradenburgh said.
Indiana State Police want to remind you that if you get stranded it is considered an emergency and you should call 911 right away. Pull over and turn on your hazards and stay in your warm car until help arrives.