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Truck Drivers Keeping Things Afloat in Oklahoma

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:48:56-04

TULSA, Okla. — Multiple public places like restaurants, bars and more have adjusted hours or closed because of the coronavirus.

Grocery stores are running low on supplies while Tulsans stock up on food and essentials.

Luckily, drivers are still moving across the country to bring people and stores the supplies they need.

Whittney Pinkney says many people don't realize how important truck drivers are.

“We would all be lost especially," Pinkney said. "The most important thing that we transport is food, and that’s something that we need every day.”

Gina Bacon is a nitrogen solution truck driver.

She says she supplies nitrogen to oil companies and hospitals, which they mostly use for sanitation or freezing.

“It’s kind of hard on the drivers," Bacon said.

She says the challenges drivers are facing is finding something to eat on the road.

"A lot of people that live in trucks, they buy their food from the grocery stores and a lot of the shelves are cleared out. A lot of us, we use hand sanitizer daily, and we can’t find that any where," Bacon said.

She also worries about what the government has planned because of the coronavirus.

“Some people talk about that shutting the state lines down but I don’t know how they would do that with the truck agencies," Bacon said. "Because we have to drive all over the place and cross different state lines just to get the stuff where they need to be,”

Gina says going from truck stop to truck stop they have to be careful, for more than just the coronavirus.

“As long as a places are clean, and I mean, you don’t know if the people who have been affected, have been to the places, or if there is any. You still face those dangers everyday that you might pick up a virus somewhere,” Bacon said.

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