Ice Outbreak Causes People to Brave Roads
The Wednesday night weather caused chaos in Woodstock, but two individuals had a different outlook on the ice outbreak.
One soul braved the streets Wednesday night when approximately 300 accidents starting at 4 p.m. were reported because the morning weather advisory took everyone by surprise. Not only did he courageously travel back and forth down Towne Lake Parkway where uncountable cars were scattered across the four-lane highway, but he carried pizzas to the hungry mouths sitting in their cozy homes.
Dominoes Driver Graeme Carson continued his deliveries, not out of obligation, but out of experience. From living in Pennsylvania and Canada, he has maneuvered in similar conditions.
"I just took it slow, and I knew what my car would do," Carson said.
Unfortunately for this weather, Carson drives a black Camero.
"It's the worst car known to man in the snow."
However, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker said individuals should not drive in these conditions if there is a choice.
"It is very difficult to drive in ice regardless of what kind of vehicle they are in," Baker said. "People should attempt to avoid driving on ice whenever possible."
He also said not driving is the best option, and getting off the road if it's too icy.
But with all other area delivery services closing around 8 p.m., the Towne Lake Dominoes stayed open till 11 p.m. taking walk-in costumers and delivered seven more orders thanks to Carson.
He did however, have a close call with his final delivery.
While traveling approximately 5 mph down a hill and his passenger wheels in the grass and the driver side sliding on a sheet of ice, another car came cruising too quickly down beside him. The car lost control and began doing doughnuts until it ran off the road. Carson had to park his car and walk the pizza a quarter mile to the home. He called it night after that.
Ellen Ward, of Waleska, and her 19-year-old son also walked home because their car could not make the drive for them, but they did not choose to make the drive around town.
Ward, part owner of Foxtale Book Shoppe, left work around 6:30 p.m. and what is normally a 40-minute drive, turned into a seven-hour drive, walk and slide home.
"It was surreal," Ward said.
Ward and her son abandoned her Volkswagen three miles from their home because previously abandoned cars on the ravine-enclosed road blocked them from driving any farther. At 11:30 p.m., they began a two-hour walk home in the dark that turned into a sliding and falling adventure on the ice.
"We just got into survival mode. Our survival kit consisted of cookies, his cell phone, my hairbrush, my purse," Ward said.
Even without a flashlight and proper clothing, mother and son chuckled at the predicament they ended up in.
"We were laughing the whole way. I fell down when crossing the street, and my son turned and said to me, 'I take my eyes off of you for one second, and you are on the ground'."
Ward said the coyotes added a Hollywood-esque touch to the situation. She even joked with her son about eyeing his forearm as a tasty meal to keep the mood light as they balanced themselves on the parked and some overturned cars along the road.
"We moved from one side of the road to the other because of the ice. We used the cars to hold ourselves up because we were sliding everywhere," Ward said.
Baker said not only could they not reach some people that were stranded, the sheer number of accidents and abandoned motorist made it impossible.
"It is the worst accident and traffic situation that I'm aware of," he said.