In the South, stranded kids and deadly wrecks

January 29, 2014

Deadly wrecks, stranded children

A look at the winter storm that crippled the Deep South:

Snowfall: There were 2.6 inches of snow recorded in Atlanta, according to the National Weather Service. Macon, Ga., had 2.1 inches of snow, while Columbus, Ga., reported 1.2 inches.

Highways: The Georgia State Patrol responded to more than 1,200 wrecks. More than 130 people were hurt, and at least five were killed in Georgia and Alabama. Thousands of drivers were stranded for hours on gridlocked highways in the Atlanta and Birmingham areas, forced to sleep in their cars or abandon them and hike to their destinations.

Plows: On Wednesday, there were 70 snowplows clearing roads in the Atlanta metro area. A day earlier, many crews couldn’t even get out because of the massive gridlock that crippled the region.

Schools: In metro Atlanta, more than 10,000 students were stranded in classrooms through the night Tuesday. Eleven school buses were stuck on roads in the Atlanta area, forcing 239 children to spend the night aboard them.

World’s busiest airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International logged nearly 1,000 cancellations as of Wednesday afternoon.

Brisk arrival: Just north of Atlanta, a couple had to deliver their daughter alongside Interstate 285 with help from a police officer who arrived just in time. The family was taken to a hospital, where all were doing fine.

— Associated Press

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