Stranded truck drivers spend icy New Year’s Eve in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma City is a busy crossroads for the trucking industry, and Thursday's icy weather was just a hazard of the job for thousands of truckers. KFOR caught up with those who can't afford to take a break from being on the road this New Years.

Oklahoma rang in the new year cold and dry, but woke up in 2015 to frigid frozen roads.

"Well it's scary for sure you know," said Jim Gorgas, who made a pit stop on his way to Missouri. "You just gotta be safe, wait till a little later in the day to get out."

The dangerous conditions were especially apparent to those who spent their New Year's Eve behind the wheel.

"Yeah I've driven in these conditions before, and you just have to take it real slow," said Chris Gay outside of a Flying J Truckstop. "I've been here [OKC] since yesterday...but yeah I'm a little concerned, we're leaving this evening."

Wrecks all along metro highways had truck drivers turning in early...hoping to avoid a certain road hazard.

"Idiots, lots of idiots on the highway," noted one man outside of a Shell station. "People, if you don`t know how to drive, stay off the highway and stay out of my way."

According to the Federal Highway Administration, every year nearly 76,000 people are injured in crashes during snowy or icy conditions.

As the driving conditions worsened overnight, many were forced to spend their holiday at truck stops across the state, hundreds of miles from home.

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