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Georgia agencies to help people return to abandoned vehicles

12:08 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
The Downtown Connector at 2am 1-29-14
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Beginning Thursday morning, state agencies including Georgia State Patrol, the National Guard and Georgia Department of Transportation HEROs will be available to transport motorists to vehicles abandoned on Atlanta interstates during the recent winter storm.

There will be two staging areas for transport, which will open at 10 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 30.

  • Drivers who left their vehicles on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station in the parking area, 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.
  • Drivers who left their vehicles on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church in the parking area, 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.

Once there, drivers will be transported by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive to their vehicle. There will be fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas as well as the capability to jump off a dead battery.

GSP will have a database to help motorists locate their vehicle if it was towed to an impound lot and provide transportation to the facility.

Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to Check-In.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) encourages all motorists to exercise extreme caution around abandoned vehicles. This is particularly important as lanes become passable and an increasing number of people return to the roadsides to move their cars.

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