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January 30, 2014

Local trio part of epic Atlanta traffic jam

Three old friends hit the road for a golf trip in Florida when mother nature conspires to leave them stuck in traffic for more than 15 hours.

It’s not the plot to another “Hangover” movie. It’s what happened to Syracuse’s Bill Musser, Rich Dick and North Webster’s Bob Krevinghaus as they got stuck, along with thousands of others, in Atlanta, Ga. this week.

The trio left from Syracuse at 9 a.m. Tuesday for Marco Island in Florida.

The three friends were traveling in a van on I-75, north of Atlanta, around 10 p.m. when they noticed traffic slow down, Musser, a Syracuse town councilman said in a phone interview from Marco Island Thursday afternoon.

“We came to a dead stop 15 to 20 miles north of Atlanta and moved eight-tenths of a mile between 10 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Wednesday,” Musser said.

The problem — 19 degree temperatures with snow, rain and ice as a winter storm walloped Georgia and Alabama.

Complications started when schools, businesses and government offices let out at the same time. As people waited in gridlock, snow accumulated, the roads froze, cars ran out of gas and tractor-trailers jackknifed, blocking equipment that could have treated the roads.

“Trucks couldn’t get up the hills and they had let schools and government workers out at the same time,” Musser said. “It (I-75) was a major skating rink. We later heard on the news there were more than 1,300 accidents and 1,000 abandoned cars.”

They had a half a tank of gas when traffic came to a halt.

“We stopped the engine and ran it for about 20 minutes off and on. We were afraid we might run out of gas before we started moving again,” Musser said. “It was cold. It was 19 degrees and we weren’t dressed for the cold. We wore tennis shoes with light pants and jackets. By the time we moved again, we had less than a quarter-of-a-tank of gas.”

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