Six Flags Traffic Jam

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Six Flags Over Georgia has closed its gates after the amusement park's offer of free admission created a traffic jam on Interstate 20.

Cars began lining up as early as 3:30 a.m. for the offer, part of a radio promotion, scheduled to run from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. today. As a result, traffic is jammed in both directions.

By a few minutes after 6 a.m., the parking lots already were filled, and the park closed its gates.

Some parents had let their children out of the car to walk down I-20 to take advantage of the free admission. But Six Flags' officials turned those people away, saying people had to arrive in cars to take advantage of the offer.

This is spring break for schools in the metro Atlanta area. Many of those trying to get into the park had been dropped off by parents then went on to work, never thinking their children would be unable to enter the park.