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Atlanta Abandoned Cars: Owners Begin to Pick Up Vehicles Left Roadside

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 05:18 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Abandoned cars in Atlanta were being reunited with their owners Thursday as police departments and the National Guard helped people find their vehicles, put gas in them, and jump dead batteries.

While many people took 10 hours or more to get home in a snowstorm Tuesday, thousands of cars were left parked on the highways when they ran out of gas, were involved in accidents, or were just abandoned by passengers who could walk somewhere warm.

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Officials reported that all of Georgia’s highways were open on Thursday, although warnings about icy conditions continued.

The Georgia State Highway Patrol told The Associated Press that more than 2,000 cars were parked along roadways. The cars needed to be moved Thursday, a spokesperson with Georgia Emergency Management said, so traffic flow could return to normal Friday.

"We ask that all motorists be extremely cautious as they're driving today and give these abandoned cars room so that folks who may be trying to get their car back, that they are able to do that safely," Crystal Paulk-Buchanan told the AP.

The storm wreaked havoc on the southern city, with state patrol officers responding to more than 1,460 accidents from Tuesday to Wednesday, two of which involved fatalities, the AP said.

Much of Wednesday was spent by authorities saving drivers stranded with their vehicles and moving many vehicles out of the way. The National Guard used a Humvee or heavy truck to take some people to their vehicles.

A database is being set up to track where vehicles are that were towed.

USA Today said a recurring theme in Atlanta right now is, “Dude, where’s my car?” and others posted Twitter warnings that cars need to be picked up today.

As the streets thaw, so do the senses of humor.

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