Epic Blizzard Strands 6 FedEx Freight Drivers
FedEx Freight drivers are used to driving in all types of conditions; it’s what they do every day. But for six drivers, an epic snow storm the week before Thanksgiving made travel impossible. The storm dumped as much as seven feet of snow in the Buffalo New York area and shut down a 132-mile section of the New York State Thruway for several days.
Road Drivers Peter Cordwell, Jonathan Winters, Bryan Russik, Kelly Barker, Robert Benham and Anthony Brown took immediate action and parked their trucks at a Walmart store in Hamburg. Due to the extreme conditions, the situation could certainly have been life threatening. But Walmart associates were quick to provide whatever the drivers needed to stay safe and warm. During the over 80 hours that their trucks were stuck in the parking lot (see photo), our drivers also provided assistance to others. Buffalo Service Center Manager Lamous Hall commented “I am very proud to have these guys on our team as they helped others out while representing our brand.”
Pat Reed, EVP/COO-FedEx Freight, expressed his thanks to both teams– “I greatly appreciate the quick action by the Walmart team to assist our drivers. And a big thank you these drivers and to all FedEx drivers who go above and beyond each and every day to provide the Purple Promise to our customers.”