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Winter Storm Strands 1,000 Vehicles on Texas Highway

Aired December 28, 2000 - 4:43 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Now back to the weather in Texas. At the top of this broadcast we showed you the dramatic pictures -- the endless lines of cars and trucks -- 1,000 in all, we heard, who were stranded on this stretch of I-20 in Texas, some overnight.

And we have on the line with us Robert Mangum, a tow-truck driver who's been taking part in some of this business on interstate 20.

What have you been up to, Robert.

ROBERT MANGUM, MANGUM TOWING SERVICES: Well, I've been pulling cars out of ditches, working a few wrecks.

WATERS: This is on Ranger Hill, you're talking about?

MANGUM: Well, we worked on Ranger Hill and all the way from the county line west of there all the way back to Ranger Hill.

WATERS: What is it about this stretch of highway and the storm like this?

MANGUM: For it just -- for a couple of days we had a lot of ice and a lot of snow and it just built up on it.

WATERS: What did you do after you got the cars out of the ditch? There's no place for them to go, was there?

MANGUM: Well, a lot of them had to stay in line until they, you know, could get an opening where they could get on down the road.

WATERS: What about fuel; I imagine those folks who stayed in their cars all night keep their motor running so they could keep the heater running. Did they run out of fuel? Were you helping them out with that?

MANGUM: I didn't know of any running out of fuel.

WATERS: All right; did you have any jack-knifed trucks that you had to work with?

MANGUM: There were several jack-knifed trucks. I didn't work any of them, but there were several.

WATERS: OK, Robert Mangum, good job out there. Robert Mangum runs that tow truck and, as you can see, this endless line of vehicles required at least a tow truck and more. They were running some food to these folks overnight and there were some reports earlier that some folks were, indeed, running out of fuel and had to be resupplied so they could keep their cars running throughout the night. But there was no report of anybody being hurt or anything like that.

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