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Travelers Brave Winter Storm Roads

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Getting on the roads can be a dangerous bet during a big winter storm. The best advice is to stay close to home.  But that didn't stop many drivers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from hitting the streets Wednesday.

Marchia Soto was one of them.

"I had a tree fall over on me," Soto said. "I couldn't back up, I couldn't move. I had to go over the tree."

Widespread cancellations and delays kept many off the roads Wednesday, but some had little choice but to get behind the wheel. Greg Hansen's team from Cardinal Health in Charlottesville hit slippery streets Wednesday, en route to Lynchburg to deliver important pharmaceuticals.

"(They) diagnose heart disease, cancer. If somebody's having a heart attack, though, this is kind of one of the first drugs they get," Hansen said.

During 2009's big winter storm, the crew couldn't make their deliveries because of harsh road conditions. But this year, even with snow piling up, Hansen came prepared.

"I've got some food and some jackets and some gloves and all that, you know?" he said. "You've got to take care of this medicine like its your mother, you have to kind of use your philosophy."

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