BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials say they towed about 230 abandoned vehicles to lots around the city during and after a fast-moving snowstorm.

City director of transportation Khalil Zaied says cars were abandoned all over the city and that dozens were left on Interstate 83, Baltimore’s main north-south artery.

City emergency management director Robert Maloney says I-83 “kind of shut itself down” because there was nowhere for traffic to move during Wednesday’s rush hour. He says it remained closed for about 10 hours, reopening around 5 a.m. Thursday. He says hundreds of drivers were stuck on the highway for up to eight hours.

Zaied says the city used a fuel truck to provide free gasoline to some stranded motorists who ran out of gas while sitting on the highway.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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