12 Hours on the Wrong Side of Hathaway

PANAMA CITY-- Michelle Smith was one of hundreds trying to cross the hathaway bridge Wednesday.

"Hopefully they will open it up in the next few minutes," said Smith.

That optmism was reiterated by drivers from sun up to sundown wednesday. But during the daylight hours, only emergency vehicles went around the road blocks.

People abandoned their cars in parking lots and hiked across the bridge, to meet family or freinds to take them where they needed to go.

Jennifer Burns waied to pick up her husband who was been stranded in town.
Hhe waited about five hours in the parking lot trying to get over the bridge this morning, he is still over there. I think he is trying to walk across, but I don't know because his phone died," said Burns.

So what do you do when you are trapped on the wrong side of the bridge?

"Well, I'll probably just be hanging out at the gas station," said Houston Bibbs, who just wanted to go home.

David Fortune works at the Express Lane on the west end of the bridge, "I mean, people have kind of just come in and gotten some coffee. They sit around and they talk about the bridge. They check with the state troopers every now and then, but then they just come back and get some coffee and hang out."

While being turned around at the bridge can be annoying, it's important to remember, it's better to be safe than sorry.

"Right now, they are just trying to make it work where everyone can get across safely," said Lt. Will Bruhmuller of the Panama City Beach Police.