Icy driving conditions already

This is the icy view on Robinson Road in Peachtree City contributed by Seth Langford. Slick conditions all over the county are leading to multiple wrecks.

Vehicles continue to slide off road, get stuck; multiple highways shut down

UPDATED 8:30 p.m.

This photo is from Robinson Road in Peachtree City, contributed by Seth Langford

Multiple wrecks continue to be reported countywide as icy road conditions will only worsen overnight. Just after 8 p.m. Ga. Highway 314 south of Kenwood Road and Ga. highway 54 west of Gingercake road were shut down due to icy conditions. Also cars had trouble getting up some hills in Peachtree City including most recently on Crosstown road between the Braelinn Village shopping center and Peachtree Parkway.

The commute home was bad for many including Fayetteville students whose buses were delayed due to ice and traffic conditions. It was so bad in one spot this evening that even a wrecker got stuck. On occasion a law enforcement vehicle has also become embroiled in the snowy muck.

Advice from emergency officials bears repeating: stay off the roads. In addition to inconveniencing others, wiped-out motorist are also putting a big strain on public safety units.

Crews across the county and it's cities have been working as fast as they can to spread sand on trouble spots on the road but it's impossible to keep up with them all.

At 12:42 p.m. today police shut down northbound traffic on Peachtree Parkway from Walt Banks Road. Public works crews are expected to go spread sand in an effort to get the road passable for traffic.

If you have to hit the road, use extreme caution particularly on bridges and overpasses, and to drive slowly and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

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At 8:11pm I parked and chocked my school bus after delivering a total of 110 Fayette County Students from 4 different bus routes. I transported them to their home in a safe manner under conditions that can only be described as treacherous, at best. Some of my high school students had been on my bus for 4 hours. I saw every vehicle in front of me except 1 collide into each other or loose control of their vehicle and end up in the ditch. State 85 was shut down by the collisions that took place directly in front of me. Hwy 138 was also paralyzed due to ice and packed snow on the roadway. My only hope to deliver my last 2 students was to safely negotiate Helmer Road back to Hwy 279. Anyone who has driven that route is well aware of the tricky right turn from Helmer onto Hwy 279 with the sharp incline at the stop sign. 4 of the vehicles in front of me failed to negotiate that turn. By utilyzing professional driving techniques and a bus load of prayers, I successgfully negotiated that turn. I then made it to New Hope to Hwy 92 and finally to Westbridge Road for my final delivery. I slid all over Westbridge Road going there as well as coming back. Morning Creek bridge - horrifying, both times I slid across. The danger that my students and I were placed in was inexcusable and could easily have been avoided with a dismissal time of 11:00am. Students would still have received credit for attending full day. There is a severe School Bus Driver shortage and has been for years. We have not received a raise in our pay in over 10 years. We also must pay for our insurance which is usually about $100/month. Big Deal? Yes... it is a big deal when one takes a moment to look at what we are asked to accomplish for a base pay of $800/month. The fact that we must now pay taxes on the monies that the county spends on our health care premium just adds insult to injury. I am angered that my student's safety and my own safety was not taken into account today.Someone is responsible for making the decision to keep them in school until the roads became so dangerous. Someone needs to be held accountable. And every parent that has a student that rides a Fayette County School bus needs to take the time to say thank you to your child's school bus driver - we do not get paid nearly what we deserve!
We accepted a huge responsibility when we signed on to be a driver, but no one - including myself - signed up for the situation we were put in this evening. A very dangerous situation that could so easily have been avoided!
I have 2 more classes before I complete my degree in elementary education. I will most likely leave this area at that time- making the driver shortage a little more severe. Again - please take a moment to send a thank you to your student's school bus driver... we deserve to be appreciated after a day like today!
Cheryl Johnson Ward
Fayette County 447

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Cheryl is my hero!

Cheryl drives the bus for my two young children. I was so thankful that she was able to get my children back to me safely. I didn't realize how lucky I was to get my children back to my house and not stranded or sent back to sleep at the school until watching the news and seeing what happened with every school district that didn't close on Tuesday. She is right with everything she said. I made a point to thank her this morning and tell her how much I appreciate what she did for my children. If you have a child that rides the bus, thank your driver!

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Cheryl is my hero!

Cheryl drives the bus for my two young children. I was so thankful that she was able to get my children back to me safely. I didn't realize how lucky I was to get my children back to my house and not stranded or sent back to sleep at the school until watching the news and seeing what happened with every school district that didn't close on Tuesday. She is right with everything she said. I made a point to thank her this morning and tell her how much I appreciate what she did for my children. If you have a child that rides the bus, thank your driver!

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Fay Co #447

I drove a 40 pax school bus when I was 17--never paid more than $22.50 per month. My responsibilities were the same as yours. I didn't know any "professional driving techniques" but negotiated my two collection and delivery trips with zero problems. You may move up to the front of the "whine line"!

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FayetteCounty268

OK, we got that. You are a school bus driver and you a had a very bad day and the pay and "bennies" are terrible. Oh, and you deserve more.

One post is enough….please.

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Well at least this snow...

and cold weather should help to control the insect population and maybe rid me of an annoying armadillo that keeps tearing up my yard in search of grubs.

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Hey Cy, I've got

some .22 CB Long Ammo what will work wonders on that armadillo!

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Or Cyclist

the ones that survive will be that much stronger AND hungry.

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Once again, we are made to look like rubes. We get some snow

and every single major tv network spends every minute telling us it is snowing, that roads are crowded and there is some ice. This goes on and on and on--no usual programming, nothing but local anchor people and tv people out in the field showing the highways crowded and traffic to a standstill. Perhaps, if all the news trucks stayed off the roads the situation would be eased some. We know we had snow, we know the roads are icy and the driving is different from what we are used to. How about giving us an update as part of the news or give us an update every 20 minutes or so if they can't wait that long---no one listens after hearing the same thing for the umpteenth time-then it just becomes noise. TV stations get a clue--stop the continuous coverage and break in when you really have something to tell us... then we will listen and appreciate your converage instead of getting annoyed with the way you handle this whole situation.

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I have never been able to comprehend what these news directors are thinking of. If it's raining and you want to tune in the local station for news forget it. You're going to get their version of the weather channel.

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Icy conditions?

Give me a break.

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moe

That's icy conditions for the south.

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cy

Why, I never thought of that. What was I thinking? My the good lord hold us all in the palm of his hands while we pray that we all survive another cataclysmic, monumental natural disaster that mother nature has bestowed on the south. Amen buhrutherrrr. Thanks, Cy.

And remember, no amount of alcohol or weed for that matter.....well, just watch below....

http://youtu.be/6TLmJhXhUEg

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moe,

My arse hurts after watching that girly man hit the ice.

moelarrycurly
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cy-I just

am curious to know why his didn't. Ouch.

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I watched

Hoping to see the moron fall through the ice after landing.

Disappointed, lol