Drivers Stranded, Students Stuck At School As Winter Storm Hits South

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By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) _ The deep freeze which engulfed the Southeast on Tuesday is threatening the status of college basketball and NBA games scheduled for Wednesday.

The winter storm trapped thousands of motorists on Atlanta’s frozen interstates, including Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Georgia Tech sports information director Dean Buchan.

Buchan told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning he had been stuck on I-285 for 19 1/2 hours and was finally moving slowly in his car.

Freeman tweeted he was stuck for 11 hours before being rescued by former teammate Chipper Jones in his 4-wheeler.

“A moment I’ll never forget!,” Freeman said on his Twitter account before adding that Jones “hugged me the whole way home!”
The Alabama men’s basketball game at Auburn scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to Thursday.
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ATLANTA (AP) _ Downtown Atlanta remains largely shut down, a day after a rare winter storm stranded workers at their jobs and students at their schools.

Most Atlanta businesses are closed, and officials are encouraging motorists to stay off the roads. City buses haven’t been running.

Along a dozen lanes of the Downtown Connector shortly before dawn, a sea of red brake lights remained at a standstill.

The storm deposited just inches of snow, but it was more than enough to paralyze southern cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham.

Overnight, there were fatal crashes and hundreds of fender-benders. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama.

Some commuters pleaded for help on their cellphones while still holed up in their cars. Others walked miles to get home, abandoning their vehicles. One woman spent 12 hours stuck in her car near Birmingham before a firefighter used a ladder to help her cross the median wall. A shuttle bus took her to a hotel where about 20 other stranded motorists spent the night in a conference room. Linda Moore said she was glad she didn’t have to spend the night on the highway, but she says others did.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto the Atlanta’s snarled freeways this morning to try to move stranded school buses and deliver food and water.

State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children spent the night.

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