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Traffic Jam Was 20 Miles Long

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There were so many people trying to get to the festival, which meant the roads leading to the site were backed up for miles. The drive from New York was taking around eight hours when normally it would take two hours.

At one point, the traffic was backed up for twenty miles, and several people chose to abandon their cars. However, thousands of people never made it to the festival because there was no way through the clogged traffic.