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EPPD: What to do if you're stranded on the roadway

EPPD: What to do if you're stranded on the roadway

Interstate 10 near Executive Center Boulevard is just one of the areas on the El Paso roadways with little to no emergency lane access.

El Paso Police (EPPD) said there are some things to remember when you have a stalled vehicle on these parts of the roadways.

Last Wednesday, a car that was stalled on I-10 west near Yarbrough Drive was hit.

Luckily, the driver of this vehicle was not in the car during impact.

The vehicle was vulnerable to oncoming traffic because that particular part of the road has no emergency lane.

According to EPPD, there are some precautions drivers need to take if they find themselves in a similar situation.

When you feel your car stalling, do your best to move to the right side of the roadway and turn on your emergency lights.

Spokesperson for EPPD, Darrel Petry, suggests always knowing your location.

He says mile markers are on every section of the freeway. If you're not sure which mile marker you're at, you can look at the exits.

"Exits are marked with numbering system so that police can get to you or emergency services can get there," said Petry.

He also said that there is one thing you don't do when stranded on the freeway, and that's get out of your vehicle.

Police strongly suggest staying in your vehicle. People stranded on parts of the freeway with no emergency lanes should make their own assessment about getting out of their vehicles.

The driver of the vehicle stranded on Yarbrough Drive last week did the opposite of what police suggest. In fact, it saved his life. The driver got out of his vehicle to safety before his car was hit.

If you do see that there is a chance for you to get out of your car and move to a safe place. The only safe place would be over a barrier wall or guardrails.

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