National Guard to Escort 2.4K Atlanta Kids Home
There have been 791 accidents
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2014 12:52 PM CST
National Guard Pfc. Josh Krunnker prepares to tow a car on Ashford Dunwoody near Interstate 285, Jan. 29, 2014 in Dunwoody, Ga.   (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

(Newser) – The National Guard is being called in to help escort school buses as they evacuate the 2,400 students who have been trapped in Atlanta-area schools and buses since yesterday's three inches of snow, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced today. State police will also be involved. Deal said the state government would remain closed tomorrow, and urged people to stay off the roads, CNN reports. Many commuters are still stranded in cars on the highway, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city's top priority was to get food, water, and gasoline to them, according to USA Today.

Both Reed and Deal defended their storm response, with Reed saying he was "not going to get into the blame game," according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Reed reveals that there have been more than 791 accidents since last night. Towing companies were peppered with calls, but many couldn't help because their trucks couldn't get through the gridlock either. Tractor trailers have been especially difficult to haul off the roads. "What's in common in every single accident we have today? Tractor trailers," complained the state's deputy transportation commissioner. The death toll in Atlanta has been low, however, with one teen dying yesterday afternoon on an icy road crash. In Alabama, by contrast, five people have died and 23 been injured due to the storm.

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trebor171
Jan 29, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Global warming doesn't exist anymore. Now it is climate shift/change. So NYC could become a frozen waste land while others grow cabbage in the arctic.
Who_Cares
Jan 29, 2014 5:28 PM CST
The State Address Speach yesterday, stated clearly that we will fight global warming vigourusly.
getoffmylawn
Jan 29, 2014 3:44 PM CST
Its surprising that many of the accidents were caused by truck drivers. They should definitely know better than the yahoos in the SUVs who think they can go 65 because they're in a tank-sized car. Also, I think that it wasn't just 3 inches of snow, it was the ice UNDER the snow that fell first that became the problem.