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Dense fog bad for schools, truckers; good for truck stops

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The heavy fog that covered most of Eastern Iowa makes this sign hard to see from the road The heavy fog that covered most of Eastern Iowa makes this sign hard to see from the road
ELK RUN HEIGHTS (KWWL) -

The dense fog that covered most of Eastern Iowa caused dangerous conditions on the roads Friday morning.

More than 40 schools were canceled or delayed, and the fog caused headaches in other areas as well.

"You can't see. That's the big thing," truck driver Warren Gradwell said. 

He was one of many truck drivers taking a little extra time at the Road Ranger truck stop off of Interstate 380 in Elk Run Heights.  For him, it all comes down to safety.

"You can't see, others can't see you," Gradwell said. "You have people driving around with their lights off, which is wild and crazy."

But what's bad for the trucking industry is good for the truck stop industry.

"It actually helps us out because the truckers spend a little more time making sure their rigs are good to go, and they spend a little more money," Minor Reppond, a maintenance man at Road Ranger, said. 

Many truckers spent time waiting out the fog, but Gradwell said some had to get going anyway.

"Once you punch your clock in the morning, you have to go," he said.  "By government regulation, after your 11 or 14 hours is up, you're done -- you have to hang it up."

Black Hawk County Dispatch said that despite the thickness of the fog, no injuries were reported.

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