I-40 Closure Leaves Travelers Stranded - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

12.29.06

I-40 Closure Leaves Travelers Stranded

There is no escaping Amarillo westbound, and that's causing quite a backup at area hotels which are having to turn people away tonight.
 
    Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg joins us from where the interstate is expected to be closed through the night.
   It could be 24 hours before drivers will be allowed to head towards New Mexico on I-40.
   For now many of them are just focused on finding a place to stay tonight.
 
   Time and time again people stopped to see if there was room at the Country Inn and Suites and they were told no.
   Many others like Winnie the Pooch, were greatful they booked a room early. 
"I rather be here than stuck with 100 others, this is a better place to be," says Mary Shulz, who is traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada.
"We were supposed to make it to Albuquerque today, so we're a little short," says Gary Hatch, who is on his way to Phoenix. 
Hotels in the I-40 & Soncy area are so packed the last room to go out here at the Country Inn and Suites was at 5 o'clock.
   The weather is definitely putting a damper on peoples plans to make it to Colorado.
   We found one woman who needs to get this precious cargo to Breckenride by tomorrow night so her son can get engaged.
   But it doesn't look like that's a possibility.   
"This one here has wind instead of ice and potentially more snow, and blizzard and white out visibility problems. It could be very bad," says Mike Taylor with the Texas Department of Transportation.
       
   Now if you are trying to get to cities like Bushland you can talk to the DPS officials manning the barricade and they may let you through.
   Everyone else is going to have to head south or wait it out.
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