Mississippi-based truckers are braving coronavirus to deliver much-needed supplies across the country.

“They are working extra long hours,” said Judson Cavanaugh, director of operations for Capital City Trucking in Richland. “We would be stalled out with no supplies if they were to stop.

“They are the driving force of America.”

Forty-three year trucker Harold Parker, 63, doesn’t expect to get home to Pensacola for a long time. He works for Total Transportation in Richland. He said the road has changed since coronavirus.

“I’m seeing less respect from shippers and receivers,” he said. “Less available hot food for truckers.

“I’m seeing truck drivers scared to death. We’ve got to stick together. We’ve got to get people fed.”

Total Transportation delivers dry foods to 48 states.

“I’m going to work until I can’t work anymore,” Parker said. “If I was scared, I’d stay home.

“I’m able to pay my bills. A lot of people are not.”

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