The NYS Thruway reopened to traffic Friday morning. It was shutdown Thursday night because of the snow storm. As news of the shutdown reached the ears of drivers Thursday night, Time Warner Cable News reporter Karen Tararache spoke with one man who has more than one million reasons to always believe in safety first.
NEW YORK STATE -- There's something peaceful about a steady snowfall.
"It's like you're in slow motion all the snowdrops hitting the windshield. It's mesmerizing," Nicky Morton said.
But braving the cold harsh elements can also be very dangerous.
"It's bad out there. Safety. It's all about safety."
Nicky Morton would know. The Virginia native has been driving a truck for a little over two decades and has never been in a single accident.
"There's a joke I always say. When I was conceived, my parents were cab drivers, so I got driving in my blood," Morton said.
Already having made his delivery Wednesday and logging about 550 miles in under ten hours, Nicky was thrilled to learn that his company, Heart Land, declared a shutdown order because of the weather just a few hours before Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to close off the Thruway Friday.
"I'm empty and that presents another problem. The breaks are so strong they'll lock up on you real easy and you start skidding. It's better when you have a heavy load in a situation like this," Morton said.
With his audio CDs and videos to keep him company well into the morning...
"I just finished watching one on Darwin that was really interesting. I learned a lot of things I didn't know about Darwin."
This million mile driver is okay with waiting out the weather until it's safe to drive again.
"I make the best of it. We have to survive."
The Thruway was reopened to passenger traffic at 5am. I-84 reopens at 8am.