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Drivers collect abandoned vehicles along highways, side streets

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Many commuters became hitchhikers on Wednesday after they abandoned their cars and got rides home. Some say they were too afraid to go any further, while others just got stuck.

On Thursday, many kids were enjoying the snow by sliding down the hill at Foothills Park. But Wednesday offered a different type of sliding for drivers.

"I look out my window often and I could see increasing problems with cars," said Deb Hendrix.

Hendrix lives at the Corner House off of Huntington Avenue in Beaverton.

"I think the bad thing was during rush hour, people trying to get home and they couldn't get on the other roads, so they came down this way," said Hendrix.

Hendrix captured a chaotic scene outside her house where neighbors threw dirt on the roads while others pushed their cars up the hill.

"I can't remember the last now we had that it was such a problem," Hendrix said.

Some of the drivers came back to their vehicles along Huntington Avenue on Thursday. Many received help from Good Samaritans who lent a helping hand and a little elbow grease to get them out.

On Highway 26, Nick Woo and Ian Tarleton returned to their cars that they left over night.

"My wheels just kept spinning and I couldn't move forward anymore," said Woo.

"It was mayhem up here. I mean, we couldn't see what was happening until we got up here," said Tarleton.

Woo says he and a friend ditched his car around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when it took them over three hours just to travel a couple of miles.

"It was so slow, that basically this whole thing was a parking lot," said Woo.

Woo had a friend come down to help him change out his car battery and he was on his way back home.

As for Tarleton, he had some help from a Good Samaritan.

"The person in that car right there, got out of there car at the same time and lived like almost in my neighborhood, and their friends with chains were coming to pick them up," said Tarleton.

There were a lot of instances of people helping people on Wednesday and Thursday, whether it was helping them push their car or giving them a ride.

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