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    Posted December 13, 2010 by
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    Wintry weather near you

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    People huddled at the Speedway gas station at Wanatah, IN


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     schealy took this photo during his 14-hour stay in a gas station on Route 30. He has since hit the road, but has encountered more rough weather. He calls the staff of the Speedway 'heroes' for keeping it open.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Many of the people you see in this picture were huddled overnight, keeping warm from frigid weather, high winds, blowing snow and a closed US 30 in Wanatah, IN. The amazing staff kept the place open and even allowed folks into this Dairy Queen dining room next door, which had been closed. At any given point, there were between 50 and 70 cars and trucks either parked outside or stranded in nearby snow banks. We stayed there for 14.5 hours, then left when a plow driver told us the road had reopened. Even then , though, we were only able to drive two more miles before stopped trucks made it almost impossible to stay on the road. We finally made it to a Marriott parking lot.

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