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Road Crews: It's All About 'Chaser Trucks'

BENTON COUNTY, AR-- If you think stopping on ice is tough, try slowing down in a motor grader. Benton County road crews are working non-stop to keep roads clear, but it's a risky routine.

BENTON COUNTY, AR-- If you think stopping on ice is tough, try slowing down in a motor grader. Benton County road crews are working non-stop to keep roads clear, but it's a risky routine.

"A lot of people don't realize just how big these trucks are and they don't stop like a car or a pickup might."

Terry Nalley with the Benton County Road Department said just a couple of weeks ago, one of their drivers lost control. "The front of the motor grader slid off the road and in turn he went off the road and had a really bad accident."

With giant plows and sand trucks, chains aren't enough and Nalley said there has to be a back up plan because the safety of the crew is worth every penny.

"We call them chaser trucks. I don't know if that's a technical term, but that's the one we use," Nalley said. They are also known as rescue crews that follow closely behind the big-rigs. Without them, the driver would have been alone on the night of the accident, and Nalley might be telling a different story.

"I don't want to think about what might have happened. Yes they have radio, and yes they have phones, but having that extra protection is for the safety of my people as well as the safety of the public," Nalley said.

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