Three truckers block I-55 near Chicago and receive citations

David C. Armentrout, 55, leans on the pickup truck he purchased from his son Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Harrisonburg, Va. He bought the truck so his son could afford to continue driving the big rig on the left. The Armentrouts, along with a handful of oth Pete Marovich, The Associated Press

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David C. Armentrout, 55, leans on the pickup truck he purchased from his son Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Harrisonburg, Va. He bought the truck so his son could afford to continue driving the big rig on the left. The Armentrouts, along with a handful of oth Pete Marovich, The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Three truck drivers are accused of impeding traffic on a major interstate near Chicago — apparently as part of a protest of high fuel prices by truckers nationwide.

An Illinois State Police spokesman says the trucks blocked the three lanes on I-55 near Chicago by driving three abreast and slowing down. Master Sergeant Luis Gutierrez says the drivers were ticketed for impeding traffic.

Other truckers are staying home or pulling into truck stops for the day in protest.

Trucker Nathan Drafall says he’s staying at his Elgin home.

Drafall says a gallon of diesel fuel costs around $4, so filling up his truck costs him $1,000. He says that means he makes little to no money on some deliveries.

He hopes the government intervenes to force prices down.