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Storm has Vt. road crews working around the clock

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

Bruce Crockett, 53, is working on about two hours sleep as he gets back into the driver's seat of his VTrans plow truck. He says driving this truck is as natural as getting dressed.

"You got to be aware of the mass of the size of it, but to me it just feels like putting a glove on," he said.

Crockett let me come along for his regular run along Route 2 from the VTrans garage in Colchester to Richmond. He'll make this drive 20 or 30 times Thursday.

"I don't like to see people slide off on my road, so I take pride in trying to make it safe so they can get through it," Crockett said. "Some incidents there's nothing I can do about it, but I do take pride in having my road safe and if I see there's an accident on my road, I want to know why."

He thinks of Route 2 as his road and knows every corner and hill. I wondered if it made his wife nervous to see him off in a storm like the one Wednesday night.

"Nah, she knows me," he said. "She's been with me for a long time, so she knows that I can handle it."

"Last night, we ran our regular crew until ten o'clock and then we broke down and kept four on through the night and we started back up at three in the morning and they'll go until nine or ten o'clock tonight," said Dan Campney of VTrans.

Campney is an area supervisor in Colchester. He says they run 13 trucks out of here and cover 230 miles of roads. He says they're feeling good about the work they've done with this storm, but know the criticism VTrans often faces.

"It affects the drivers a lot," he said. "They have a lot of pride in their work that they do and their roads that they take care of. It hurts 'em a lot."

Back on Route 2, Crockett says he's gotten a lot of good feedback this time.

"People were waving and giving me a thumbs up and if I stopped for coffee they were thanking me," he said. "People really appreciated what we did, newscaster on the radio thanking us, so that was nice."

VTrans crews will be out until about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. They want to make sure that the roads are ready for Friday morning when a lot of kids head back to school.

One of the things that helped the crews a lot Thursday was that so many people stayed off the roads.

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