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Dublin Man Stuck in Atlanta Traffic Nightmare

COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger) -- A Dublin native was stuck in the traffic nightmare in Atlanta on Tuesday, and was forced to abandon his car and walk home, he said.

Theo Hall, a graduate of Dublin Coffman High School, told ABC6/FOX28 that his car sat for 90 minutes on an exit ramp before he realized that walking the remaining mile and a half was his best option.

It was awful, he said via Skype. I've sat through some horrible traffic before, but this was the worst traffic Ive ever seen in my life.

The arctic blast and a couple of inches of snow on Tuesday seemed to paralyze the nations ninth largest metropolis. Hundreds of thousands of drivers were stranded for hours, according to local leaders.

They decided to release schools and businesses all at the same time, Hall said. There were a thousand accidents. I had a coworker who was actually stuck in her car for 14 hours.

Hall said he eventually made it to a parking lot and left his car in the snow. He wasnt the only one.

I realized I had to walk home when I started seeing other people ditch their cars on the side of the road, he said. They didn't even find parking spots. Mothers and daughters, businessman, some people with no coats.

Much of the city was still shut down Wednesday because of the problems on the highways.

Cars that we're going to get gas just decided they were going to go sideways across the lanes and block people. There were no laws in Atlanta at that point.

Despite the disastrous traffic, Hall said he still enjoys living in Atlanta and says hell remember the kindness of people opening their homes to let in stranded drivers. The National Guard was even called in to help families stuck on the highway.

There were SUVs and Hummers driving down the freeway, handing out bottled water and snacks to people.

(PHOTO COURTESY: THEO HALL)
 
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