Winter Weather Forces Drivers to Abandon Cars

Atlanta residents react to colder than expected storm.
3:00 | 01/29/14

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as well, because ABC's Matt Gutman is right in the center of the gridlock on I-85 which is now completely closed. He could only get a short distance outside the airport in Atlanta. We have no communication with him. There's no satellite transmission right now. So he sent us this from his iPhone. So I just left my car. About a half mile that way and now I'm on 85 and this is where the traffic begins. Everything here is at a standstill and has been for the past number of hours, a couple of people have been here since early yesterday afternoon. Most people have spent the night here. It is absolute misery and it being only about 15 or 16 degrees where I am now, this stuff isn't going to thaw. This entire highway is a sheet of ice. The scene across the south almost apocalyptic. Roads so slick the driving so treacherous thousands of kids in Alabama waking up where they started the day yesterday at school like the 75 kids at the inve invern ess school, bunking up. Weather got so severe we closed there schools and promised staff would be here until every child was picked up. Reporter: They kept them entertained playing video games and raiding the cafeteria for school. The same here. We were thinking about how we would feed them. Our lunch room manager happened to be one of the staff managers stuck here. She put together a great hot meal for the kids and took care of them and rolled out the mats and have been showing them movies. Reporter: So hundreds of miles of highway have basically turned into this, giant ice skating Rinks. Commutes torcherous. This woman had been in her car since 1:30 P.M. Yesterday. You've been in the traffic jam since 1:30 yesterday. P.m. Reporter: Cars creaking forward at the pace of three miles a day. How far have you gone in eight hours? A mile. Reporter: Where are you going to? Actually I'm trying to turn around and go back to the airport. It was an incredible ordeal to drive in this kind of stuff and to make it home safe. That was just a miracle to me. Reporter: Those who thought they left for home early were too late including an expectant mother and her husband who never made it to the hospital. Their baby was born right here on interstate 285. I could see that the baby's head like it was crowning so I went back to my car to get my first aid kit and some gloves and when I got back up to the car, the head had popped out. Reporter: One of the biggest problems here is that a lot of these vehicles are stopped in the middle of the highway and like this one there's nobody in them. They're absolutely empty, abandoned. Nobody knows where their drivers are and untangling this giant hundreds of miles long mess is going to take quite a while. You're right about that, Matt. Ongoing story which we will stay on top of.

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