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Atlanta Highways Still Gridlocked 1 Day After Storm

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says "a lot of people" are still stranded in their cars on the highways nearly 24 hours after a winter storm slammed the city, but he is not sure of exactly how many people.
Reed said the focus Wednesday will be on getting food, water and gas to people still on the highways. The roads became gridlock Tuesday when schools, businesses and government offices all let out at the same time. As the snow fell on the traffic jam, the roads iced over, creating a mess.
Atlanta officials say they have gotten all of the students who spent the night in school buses off of the buses and to safe places, such as fire stations.
Reed says he is not thinking about giving the city a grade for its response right now, he is thinking about getting people out of their cars.

A baby girl was born on a Georgia highway because the icy roads were too dangerous for her parents to get to a hospital in time.

Yesterday's unusual mix of ice and snow caused hundreds of traffic accidents in Georgia and Louisiana and turned highways into parking lots.

At least six people died in traffic accidents, including five in Alabama.
The Alabama governor's office says rescue personnel and medics in state aircraft have been flying over Jefferson and Shelby counties, conducting search and rescue missions for stranded motorists.

Across Alabama vehicles flipped on slick roads and drivers ditched their cars. "People were blocking the intersection, getting out of their cars and walking."

A driver in Birmingham says the roads are only part of the problem. "The thing about driving around here is people down South don't know how to drive."

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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