Hundreds stranded all night on snowy highway in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of motorists are waiting desperately for help after being stranded all night in freezing temperatures along a 50-mile stretch of highway south of the nation’s capital.
Update from VDOT— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) January 4, 2022
- I95 still closed to new traffic
- Stranded traffic moving/goal to clear by late aft & open 95 for am rush
- Up to 4" of ice to be cleared once disabled vehicles are towed
- I95 not pretreated because of heavy rain before snow fell
- No injuries reported to VSP https://t.co/nJORFDsnif
Police say that part of Interstate 95 became impassable when tractor-trailers jackknifed in a winter storm.
The disabled trucks triggered a chain reaction as other vehicles lost control and blocked lanes in both directions of the main north-south highway along the East Coast.
As hours passed and night fell, motorists posted messages on social media about running out of fuel, food and water.
By Tuesday morning, a single lane of traffic was creeping forward between many stalled trucks and cars in one direction.
This is exactly why we've been asking only those who HAVE to travel to be on the roads today in the midst of the storm. #VSP troopers, wrecker services, and #VDOT crews are responding as quickly as we can to the multiple stuck/disabled vehicles on I-95 at the #rappahannockriver. https://t.co/1oeG5SKYuL— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 3, 2022