A FedEx worker found dead at a delivery facility was one of 17 killed in the extreme weather

Hitting a patch of ice and skidding off the road can cause any of us to have a slight panic attack. Now imagine being behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler pulling two trailers and jackknifing at a steep incline. A driver of a FedEx truck in California handled the situation like a boss and it was caught on camera. The truck jackknifed at the high point of the snowy mountain pass on Interstate 80 near Floriston, close to the Nevada border.

A 69-year-old FedEx worker has been found dead outside a delivery hub in western Illinois, and police believe the extreme cold snap that hit the country this week played a role.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, is among 17 people killed in the Midwest as a result of extreme weather conditions this week.

A co-worker found the man’s body between two tractor-trailers on Thursday morning outside the FedEx delivery hub in East Moline, police Capt. Darren Gault said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the worker had been there, or why he was there. The hub had been closed on Wednesday.

It was extremely cold in the Moline area this week, with temperatures never rising above zero from late Tuesday afternoon until Thursday evening. Wednesday evening’s low was 29 below with a wind chill of 34 below; Thursday morning’s low was 33 below.

“We are saddened by the loss of our team member and our sympathies go out to his family and friends,” FedEx said in a statement Friday. “We are working with local authorities as they investigate.

“FedEx has contingency plans in place to ensure the well-being of our team members and service providers. Several of our centers, including the Rock Island center, were closed or running very limited operations this week due to the extreme cold.”

Of the 17 deaths linked to this week’s extreme weather, eight were in Iowa, where some were due to car wrecks in snowy conditions. Weather-related deaths were also reported in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin, authorities said.

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