Cars still stranded 24 hours after snow storm

Posted on: 7:17 pm, December 9, 2013, by

The snow may have stopped Sunday night in the Quad City area, but the troubles continued all day Monday.

Several cars were still stranded along I-80 and I-74 Monday afternoon.

“We will put a red or orange tag on vehicles that are left stranded so other officers know those cars have been checked,” said Iowa State Patrol Trooper Dan Loussaert.

News 8 rode along with Loussaert as he made his inspections of abandon vehicles along the two busiest interstates in QC area.

One man was found stranded Monday off of I-80 heading Iowa bound at mile marker 305. His car battery died as he was waiting for a tow truck to pull his second car out of he ditch.

Travel was tricky on the roads, but it was just a problematic in the sky.

Chairs at the Quad City airport were filled with passengers whose flights had been delayed or canceled.

Chris Ruggles’ flight was supposed to depart for Atlanta at 11:30 a.m. but his flight was pushed to 2:30 p.m. due to the icy conditions in Atlanta.

From Atlanta, Ruggles will fly to his final destination in Dallas.

“Well I have a rental car, so if I can make it back to the Enterprise Rent-a-Car counter before they close I will be lucky,” Ruggles said.

Also hoping for better luck was Sierra Kuisle. She arrived at the Quad City airport at 8 a.m., but her flight was pushed back until 5:30 p.m.

“I am just going to catch up on my reading,” said Kuisle.

Whether waiting for their flight or for their car, waiting was common among travelers.