Weekend Storm Leaves Many On The Road

The snow has come and gone, but for some drivers, the memory of our March storm will last a while.

Traffic in Omaha has nearly returned to normal, but in some areas outside the city, some people were left struggling with the lingering effects of the weekend storm.

A jack-knifed truck on I-80 near Underwood, Iowa was a stark reminder that while roads in some places were "back to normal," that was not the case everywhere.

The driver had to be taken to the hospital.

The Iowa State Patrol says just because the roads seem clear again, think twice.

"I know that the roads are improving, but like we said, there are still some dangerous spots, so always drive defensively, and always drive cautiously, so this kind of thing doesn't happen," said Trooper Scott Miller, of the Iowa State Patrol.

Whether they were careless or not, since the storm came, highways have become limbo for a lot of vehicles.

Some say even while driving slowly, they still lost control.

"This one highway is 70 miles per hour, I was driving 40, sometimes 45, sometimes 25, so it was pretty bad, pretty bad," said Gadisa Robi, a stranded driver.

While the roads were getting cleaned up, a tow ban was in place in our area for both Nebraska and Iowa, which meant when someone's car got stuck, it was staying stuck until things clear up.

Those stranded said it was a frightening experience.

"The semis were kind of scaring me because we ended up sideways, because if one of these guys slide, it's going to be a head-on collision, you know a t-bone," says Francisco Zepeda, a man stranded at a hotel in Iowa.

Zepeda and his wife were traveling to Indiana from Washington.

He said they were traveling only around 30 mph when they wound up in a ditch Sunday night.

With the tow ban in effect, they had to find a hotel and wait until things cleared up.

It wasn't quite what they had planned.

Zapeda said, "You know, my wife has to go to work tomorrow, so you know what I mean? And so we're like, 'Well we're going to have to call and let them know it's the weather, that we can't. We can't."

At the hotel, the Zapedas found they were in good company.

Several others were in the same position.

Another man, Apshir Hussein, was one who was also recovering.

He said, "It was kind of scary. That's the first time I've had an accident in my life. I've never had an accident. It wasn't cool. I was kind of scared a little bit, but when I seen I was going to dodge, I was saying, 'Thanks God' and all that.'"

The tow ban in the area for both Nebraska and Iowa were lifted by Monday afternoon.


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