Hundreds stuck on I-65 in Cullman overnight after snow - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Hundreds stuck on I-65 in Cullman overnight after snow

CULLMAN, AL (WAFF) -

Hundreds of people spent a freezing night trapped on Interstate 65 in Cullman County after snow caused a series of wrecks that snarled traffic for miles.

It took almost an entireday, but the logjam on I-65 finally broke open Friday morning.

It began Thursday when thesleet and snow shut down the interstate in the Lacon Mountain area near exit308.

Many drivers were strandedin their cars overnight, though some lucky drivers did make it to exits.

Businesses off the interstate were more thanwilling to serve some extra customers.

What you consider a havencould be relative to your situation. For many drivers who were stuck onInterstate 65 for hours and hours, if they could make it to a place like theGraves BP, it was like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert.

"My parking lot waspacked full," said Tim Graves, BP station owner.

In Cullman County, fromday into night and through the next morning, traffic on an icy and wreck-filledI-65 varied between stop and a snail-like, foot-by-foot pace.

It seemed as soon as carsstarted moving at all, another tractor trailer jack-knifed, shutting down any inchof progress. Some drivers were stuck for 10 hours or more.

By the time some of thelucky drivers nearer to an exit got to a gas station, they had a lot of needs.

"I think everyservice station out here was packed full.  People needed restrooms. They needed gas. Theywere thirsty, hungry. They were aggravated and they were ready to get home,"said Graves.

Graves said with hotelsfilled for the night, some of the road-weary settled down right at the station.They kind of camped out until it cleared up, and some of them stayed overnight.

It was a short-livedbusiness boost for businesses off of I-65, but like so many of those who had anunexpected and unwanted sleepover, Graves said he's glad the interstate is freeand clear.

"They were probablyready to get home to their family and stuff. The sun was shining in Florence,and it was like being in Alaska here," he said.

The Red Cross set up amake-shift shelter at the Cullman Civic Center to house and feed those whocould make it there. The Red Cross said more than 100 people showed up andstayed until 65 was cleared for traffic.

District Engineer Johnny Harriswith the Department of Transportation said Mother Nature can be tricky, andevery winter event is different.

While rare, an event like that has happenedbefore and can happen again.

ALDOT officials saidinitial reports were that the winter weather would hit later in the day and farthereast than it did.

When trucks jack-knifed, itcaused a long backup due to the traffic flow on the interstate.

Harris said that backupprevented their trucks from working on the roadway to keep it from freezing up.

Harris said state troopersare tasked with closing and providing detours, but motorists between the exitswere the most impacted.

"Nature is alwaysunpredictable.  You just try to have yourbest efforts put forward and try to just deal with the situation as itdevelops," said Harris.

He said local people arepreparing an after event report for review.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:57:09 GMT
    Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>
  • Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:23:15 GMT
    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:55:51 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:44 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:44:16 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:57:14 GMT
    Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)

    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his...

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>
  • Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

    Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:24:34 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:57:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standar...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standar...

    In spite of denials, EPA chief Scott Pruitt did meet in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where he was living.

    More >>

    In spite of denials, EPA chief Scott Pruitt did meet in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where he was living.

    More >>
  • Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

    Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:24 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:24:35 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:56:57 GMT
    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)
    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France due to an apparent threat against security services. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services.

    More >>

    Authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly