CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - A Harrison County couple was among those stuck in the traffic nightmare. They say they spent a day and a half in their car, trying to get through Atlanta.
Sherry and John Faulconer were two of tens of thousands of people stuck on the interstate in Atlanta.
"The fastest that we probably went through Atlanta was four miles per hour," said Sherry Faulconer, who lives in Cynthiana. "And we were on the interstate about nine hours."
With nothing to do but wait and wait a little more, the Faulconer couple took photos of the mess to pass the time.
"It was surreal," said Faulconer. "It was like nothing you'd had ever seen."
They had to cut their stay in Florida short when a family friend died back in their hometown of Cynthiana. Leaving at 5 a.m. Tuesday put them right in the middle of chaos city.
"It was right around one o'clock," said Faulconer. "It was almost like a war zone! People didn't know what to do."
Running on fumes and praying they wouldn't run out of gas, they got off the interstate. But the biggest challenge was yet to come. No hotel vacancies meant their car was their bed in a gas station parking lot in 17 degree weather.
"We tried to make the best of it, so we talked part of the night. I think we slept a couple hours each," said Faulconer. "And this morning, we got up and things were still an incredible mess."
Around noon Wednesday is when they weaved through abandoned cars, past a 17-mile line of trucks back to their old Kentucky home.
"We will have been in our car 39 hours, so we are ready to be home," said Faulconer.
The Faulconers will be returning to Florida at the beginning of next week where they plan to stay for another month.