Hundreds of drivers were stranded throughout the night of Monday (3) into the early hours of Tuesday (4) on one of the major highways on the country’s east coast. United StateAfter an accident between six trailers, amid snowfall and low temperatures in the country.
The collision left no casualties, but it completely blocked two-way traffic on Interstate 95 (I-95) in Virginia, and the amount of snow that fell made it impossible for vehicles to move within 50 miles of the highway. .
Interstate 95 is completely closed near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2022. Both directions of the highway are closed due to a snow and ice storm – Photo: Virginia Department of Transportation via AP
Amid the congestion on the main north-south link on the east coast of the United States, Drivers have posted increasingly desperate messages on social media about shortages of fuel, food and water.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said it is working to get drivers off the site.
“Many commuters have been stranded on Interstate 95 in our area for extraordinary periods of time in the past 24 hours, and in some cases since Monday morning. This is unprecedented,” said Marcy Parker, a department engineer in the Fredericksburg area.
“In addition to getting the trucks out, we are treating the snow and several inches of ice that has accumulated around to ensure that when lanes reopen, drivers can proceed safely to their destination,” Parker said.
Seven to eight inches of snow fell during Virginia’s second snowstorm, according to the US National Weather Service, and thousands of accidents and ground vehicles were reported across central and northern parts of the state.
State Police say they have responded to more than 2,000 calls due to treacherous road conditions He warned residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary, especially at night and extremely low temperatures.
The storm also caused power outages in several areas of the state and affected highway cameras. More than 281,000 customers remained without power this Tuesday, according to poweroutage.us.
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