Snow-Stranded Drivers, Start Your Engines!

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

ATLANTA (CNN) -- The city that couldn't get out of its own way when confronted by 2.6 inches of snow worked Thursday to get rid of the evidence as Atlanta officials invited the thousands of drivers who abandoned their vehicles Tuesday to retrieve them -- and they offered to help.

Atlanta's beleaguered commuters -- many of them still sleep-deprived and seething two days after 20-minute commutes stretched into many hours for some -- have been asked to show up at one of two locations. From there, they will be chauffeured in four-wheel-drive vehicles to where they walked away from their vehicles. They'll also get up to five gallons of gas and, if needed, a jump-start, emergency management spokesman Ken Davis said.

More than 2,000 of the vehicles dotted the highways, Davis said early Thursday.

Tow, tow, tow

A-Tow, which runs more than 40 trucks in metro Atlanta, hauled 200 abandoned and wrecked vehicles from the snow and ice Wednesday.

In Alabama's Shelby County, just south of Birmingham, hundreds of vehicles remained abandoned on country roads Thursday, the Sheriff's Department said.

In North Carolina, at least 600 motorists called police to say they had crashed their vehicles or abandoned them.

Deaths

The icy weather took 10 lives across the South, five of them in Alabama and others in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Good memory

Temperatures across the South were expected to rise above freezing Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

But the disappearance of the ice is not likely to erase the memories of its impact for Amy Anderson, who was stuck in her car with her husband when she went into labor.

As a police officer looked on, Anderson gave birth to a daughter, whom she and her husband Nick named Grace.

"It was a pure blessing that everything went well, that we were both healthy and doing great," the new mother told CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday. "When we gave her the name Grace, it just fully explained the whole situation. Just by the grace of God that we all came out healthy."


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