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Snow storm caused gridlock in Stamford for hours

November 16, 2018

STAMFORD — The commute home Thursday night in the city like other parts of the tri-state was a nightmare filled with parkways turned parking lots, interstate paralysis and downtown logjams.

Stamford Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski said some commuters were stuck in gridlock for hours Thursday night as between 5 and 8 inches of snow fell on the city, catching many by surprise. That prompted 750 calls for service to the city’s 911 dispatch center.

More than 250 vehicles were abandoned or stuck in the snow, and more than 60 reported accidents by 10 p.m., Jankowski said. None of the accidents were considered major — six resulted in minor injuries.

Among the disabled vehicles was several school buses with children still on them.

Jankowski said police and fire personnel had to remove children from at least one of the buses. Some of the children were brought to the Yerwood Center where their parents picked them up.

By about 9 p.m., nearly all the children had made it home, Jankowski said.

Jankowski said police cruisers even needed to escort some of the 60 plows and operations vehicles to get them through traffic.

The storm closed major roads in the area, including a northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway. Interstate 95 turned into a parking lot early in the evening, and arterial road’s heading to both highways clogged. By Friday morning, all city roads were open.

“There were so many accidents in such a short period of time, emergency vehicles were having trouble getting to the locations,” Jankowski said. “Everybody got slammed. The meteorologists were not anticipating the storm to deliver as much snow as it did in such a short amount of time.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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