Hundreds of drivers have been trapped in the snow for more than 15 hours on Virginia’s I-95 freeway


Traffic came to a halt Monday afternoon following a truck-trailer collision on the main north-south highway on the east coast of the United States.

Traffic came to a halt Monday afternoon following a truck-trailer collision on the main north-south highway on the east coast of the United States.

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Hundreds of motorists have been trapped in the snow for more than 15 hours along a 50-mile stretch of the Interstate 95 in Virginia, after a storm threw at least 11 inches of snow on the road and a collision involving six trucksauthorities said.

Traffic came to a halt Monday afternoon, following a truck-trailer collision on the main north-south highway on the U.S. East Coast, making it impossible to move as nearly a foot accumulated of snow.

As of Tuesday morning, authorities were still struggling to communicate with those involved in the accident.

Hours passed and hundreds of motorists posted increasingly desperate messages on social media about the lack of fuel, food and water.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) confirmed that both directions of I-95 remained closed between Ruther Glen, Virginia, in Caroline County and Exit 152 in Dumfries, Prince William County, as of Tuesday morning.

“Teams will start pulling people out at any available interchange to get them, to the southbound queue 143 (Garrisonville) and 140 (Courthouse) and northbound at Exit 104 and Exit 110. NB is 104 (Carmel Church) and 110 is Ladysmith, ”VDOT tweeted at 5:20 am Tuesday.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam later tweeted that state police, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) “have been working through the night.”

“State and local emergency personnel continue to clear fallen trees, assist disabled vehicles and redirect drivers,” the tweet read.

Former vice presidential candidate and Virginia state senator Tim Kaine revealed that he is one of the people caught in the snowy pileup in a tweet early Tuesday.

“Yesterday I started my normal 2 hour drive to DC at 1:00 pm, 19 hours later, I am still not near the Capitol,” he wrote.

Josh Lederman, who has been stranded in his car for the past 10 hours on I-95 near Stafford, told Today: “We started to see a lot of drivers turn off their car to save gas.

“People were left without food and water, children and pets hid for so many hours. People let their pets out of their cars to try to walk them down the street and in the meantime there are no signs of any emergency vehicles. “

Meanwhile, thousands of accidents and stranded vehicles were reported throughout central and northern Virginia.

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Virginia State Police had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service due to treacherous road conditions, The Free Lance-Star newspaper in Fredericksburg reported.

In the Fredericksburg area, some of the drivers who were stranded Monday by severe weather conditions still reported they were stuck at dawn Tuesday, some due to damaged trucks, the VDOT said.

Around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Susan Phalen, with her four dogs, told CNN that she had been stuck in her car south of Stafford since 8 p.m. the night before. She left her home in Fredericksburg for an hour’s drive, but is now stranded 30 minutes from her home.

Compounding the challenges, traffic cameras went offline as much of central Virginia lost power in the storm, the VDOT said.

More than 400,000 customers were without power Tuesday, CNN reported.

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