Local trucking companies staying alert as Coronavirus pandemic evolves

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Coronavirus pandemic is growing by the day, as Terre Haute has its first confirmed case.

In the Wabash Valley and other parts of the country, many industries are continuing to adjust with the impact. This also includes the trucking industry.

With items being purchased in large quantities at several stores, the need for truckers is increasing.

Morris Trucking owner, Mike Morris said his drivers are still providing their best service as the Coronavirus pandemic creates uncertainty.

“I think the real problem to what’s going on is every few hours the goals change on what we have to comply with,” he said.

One change he said his drivers are seeing is less interaction with the manufacturers they deliver to. This is mostly in part due to safety concerns.

“Facilities have had driver rooms, things like that. These have been marked off limits,” he said.

Truckers drive around 10 to 15 hours on average. For some, those hours are increasing.

Cathy Davenport, owner of PJ Trucking said her biggest worry is drivers not having a way to rest.

“I know some states have talked about closing their rest areas, which is bad for drivers,” she said.

According to both owners, although their companies haven’t felt direct change just yet, they’ll keep working and staying alert.

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