Semis Struggle in Wicked Winds
Occurred on March 13, 2019 / Brighton, Colorado, USA
Info from Licensor: "I left work that morning when my husband informed me the weather was getting bad. I left Denver, where it was barely snowing but getting windy at around 11 am. I merged onto I-76 east towards Lochbuie, and the further East I got the worst the weather became. There were multiple semi-trucks struggling to stay on the highway. The wind was insane! Winds at 80mph and pressure drops, making this snowstorm into the 'bomb cyclone'. There were multiple semis trying their hardest to stay on the roads. After an hour of being on I-76 (normally a 35-minute trip work-home), I passed the Eagle exit where it looked as if a semi had attempted to get off the exit for safety, but the winds had blown his truck sideways, now blocking the Eagle exit. We came to a stop shortly after this exit where this video takes place. These two semis were originally in the slow lane nearly getting blown off the highway. They slowly moved into the fast lane to give themselves more space to be blown around like toy trucks!
We all waited and watched ambulances and fire trucks pass through the traffic, all while these semis continued to get blown over. I had never seen anything like this in my life.
I ended up getting off at Bromley (the next exit) where many semis were also going for safety. I then slowly made my way home in whiteout conditions. Nearly two hours later I made it home, pulled into the garage and was unable to open my driver door. The wind had been blowing against the driver door and had frozen shut."