Texas driver stranded on I-20 for 14 hours

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ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2 News/Fox 24) This New Year storm has created a headache for several drivers out on the road, but one Texas couple reminds us just how dangerous these roads can be. 

Angela Grogitsky and her husband were stranded on I-20 near Stanton for hours. 

They started their journey leaving Arizona at 4 a.m. on Thursday heading back to Texas. By 5 p.m. the same day, they came to a stop on I-20. By 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Grogitskys had been stranded in the same spot for a total of 14 hours. 

Every minute they were stranded became one step closer to a medical emergency, as Angela Grogitsky was working to control her diabetes with very little snacks in the car.

“I’m trying not to take my medications right now because I don’t want my sugar to drop too low because we don’t have much in the car,” said Grogitsky. 

With sugar dropping and their car losing gas from sitting so long, DPS said it’s essential to call 911 immediately or the Roadside Assistance number on the back of your driver’s license to avoid a medical emergency. Calling right away gives first-responders time to find you and help you before the situation turns dire. 

Not only were they stranded on the highway but she said they were sitting on at least two inches of thick ice that froze overnight. 

“And we were just sitting in the storm, and it was coming down so hard it was just freezing everything in its path. The snow has been pushed up to the sides, but for the most part it’s just pure ice on the street,” said Grogitsky.

Gene Powell from TxDOT continues warning drivers to stay off the roads. “People are really traveling at their own risk. Just because the roads are open, it’s still not a good idea to travel,” said Powell.

“Listen to the warning signs we saw the storm, and we went past the hotel, and we could have stopped, but we kept going because we thought it was clear.”

Angela Grogitsky 

Angela Grogitsky and her husband are doing well and avoided a medical emergency. 

DPS wants to make sure that you always have these essential items in your car at all times.

  •          Blanket or sleeping bag;
  •          Extra clothes, gloves and a hat;
  •          Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries and phone charging cord;
  •          First aid kit and pocket knife;
  •          High-calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water;
  •          A bag of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires; 
  •          Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel; and 
  •          Jumper cables.

DPS also said, for more tips on vehicle safety, visit Ready.gov, and check out these winter driving safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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