A group of forestry students from Alabama
A&M are spending the night in Childersburg after being stranded on Highway
280 for over seven hours Tuesday.
The group was returning from a competition in
Panama City FL when they got stalled outside Childersburg. Dr. Kozma Naka,
A&M Forestry Advisor, said he and the eight students finally made it to a
community center around 7 p.m. Tuesday, but it was a frustrating and confusing
"We saw accidents, cars abandoned on the side
of the road, trucks jackknifed. The worst thing was we didn't know where to go;
the radio stations were not being very helpful. They were telling us what to do
but not where to go," Dr. Naka said.
Luckily, one of the students had a connection
in Childersburg and was able to secure them a spot at the community shelter,
where they have a warm place to stay and food to eat.
Dr. Naka said they will stay there until road
conditions allow them to return to Huntsville.
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