Thousands of people in Kentucky learned a very valuable lesson about cars and snow on Saturday: do not mix them.

During the epic snowstorm walloping the eastern U.S. that has left 100,000 without power and at least eight people dead, Kentucky State police reported that an enormous traffic jam on Interstate 75 has held drivers at a standstill for more than 17 hours. Kentucky’s WBIR reports that drivers have been abandoning their cars in the cold and heading to hotels.

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According to the Associated Press, as of 9 a.m. on Saturday the interstate was moving slowly, and that the back-up was caused by a series of traffic accidents.

So far, North Carolina, New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Jersey and Tennessee have all declared states of emergencies. Over 9,000 flights have been cancelled so far.

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But in the midst of all this misery and hassle, some cruel folks are gleefully reveling in schadenfreude, feeling not a shred of compassion for those affected.

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