The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 29, 2014

State is using helicopters to seek stranded cars


Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM —

State helicopters are searching the Birmingham area for people stranded along icy Alabama roadways.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Public Safety says three of its helicopters are involved in the effort. The first helicopter lifted off at 7:30 this morning.

A band of severe sleet and ice hit farther north than initially forecast, leaving motorists stranded on Jefferson and Shelby County roadways Tuesday night. Police transported some motorists to shelters, while others abandoned their cars and walked.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Birmingham are hovering around 16 degrees, which means icy road conditions will remain.