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National Guard helps stranded motorists

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 1:00 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Members of Illinois National Guard helped state police remove stranded vehicles from two central Illinois interstates after drivers were stuck on snowy roads for up to nine hours.

The Illinois National Guard says two guard soldiers — one from Decatur and one from Mattoon — were activated to help police, while another 13 were placed on standby Monday.

They helped authorities pull three cars and five semitrailers out of the snow on Interstates 57 and 70.

The stranded cars were blocking about 200 other vehicles, which had to wait for up to nine hours to get through the backup.

Parts of Illinois received 15 inches of snow before bitter temperatures set record lows in some areas.

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