The Illinois National Guard has been deployed to help stranded motorists around the state. Jonathon Monken is the head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He says the National Guard had to move six semi-trucks - while battling snow drifts topping six feet tall:
"You need some really special equipment to try to get the semis pulled out of the way and thatís when the Guard came in with the 10-ton wrecker and started pulling semis off the road so that first you gotta get the semis out of the way, then you gotta get the plows to get rid of the drifts and then you can get the cars out of the way. So itís kind of a - it was just one of those things that was just the worst possible combination of circumstances."
Monken says motorists should call for help and not leave their vehicles if they are stranded.
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