Alabama A&M students among stranded travelers

The group was returning from a competition in Panama City FL when they got stalled outside Childersburg. (Source: Dr. Naka)
The group was returning from a competition in Panama City FL when they got stalled outside Childersburg. (Source: Dr. Naka)

CHILDERSBURG, AL (WAFF) - 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 process.

"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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