Kansas drivers caught in Atlanta traffic jam

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- For eleven hours Tuesday, Mike Beauchamp stared into a sea of brake lights.

He's from Wichita, but was traveling in Atlanta and became one of the thousands trapped in the traffic jam.

"You're looking at the guy next to you, he's looking back, you're both frustrated, you're both angry," Beauchamp said. "But nobody can do anything, nobody could move. You can't get out."

Also among the cars was Orelle Cao of Goddard.

"We were planning for a 15 to 16 hour trip," Cao said. "And it turned into three days stuck in our car."

She says thankfully they had a full tank of gas and some food, but at times they feared for their lives.

"We had plenty of situations where we almost drove off or slid off the side of the mountain or almost crashed on the bridge," Cao said. "And we saw a lot of things that I probably never want to see again in my life."

But through this driving disaster, both Kansans say they have a new appreciation for the road crews in their home state.

"Some of their snow trucks and all that stuff is just not at the level that the city of Wichita is at," Cao said. "I have to give it to the city of Wichita for taking care of their Kansas people because I tell you what, we are spoiled."

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