Heavy snow in Virginia has caused many drivers, including the senator, to be stuck on the main road for hours
Federal authorities intervened after snowfall caused road congestion and drivers eventually stayed on the highway for nearly 24 hours.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon that the Federal Highway Commission is in contact with traffic officials in Virginia. Drivers who had been trapped on the road aroused great outrage, including Senator Tim Kane (D-Virginia). , He said on Twitter that he was stuck on the road on the way to the Capitol, and the traffic on Interstate 95 was blocked for 19 hours. According to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 vice presidential candidate, he usually needs two hours of commuting time.
.@USDOTFHWA Is working with @VADOT They also asked about their unmet needs, the estimated time for reopening, and their plans to help motorists. FHWA will continue to monitor and is ready to assist VADOT in solving this situation.https://t.co/paXZv8c3M3
-Transport Government (@USDOT) January 4, 2022
At 1 o’clock in the afternoon yesterday, I started the normal 2-hour drive. After 19 hours, I still haven’t gotten close to the Capitol.My office and @VaDOT See how we can help other Virginians in this situation. Please be safe. pic.twitter.com/Sz1b1hZJZ5
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 4, 2022
The Virginia State Police announced that due to storms and poor road conditions, there have been more than 860 crashes, including multiple jack semi trucks and more than 840 disabled vehicles, so delays are the least worrying thing for some people. There are no reports of casualties, but many people suffered minor injuries. The mixture of rain and snow created a dangerous situation overnight. In turn, some parts of the highway needed to be closed, causing serious traffic delays. The police have urged Virgins to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
“The drive is not worth the risk of crashing, getting stuck, causing injury to you or your passengers, or repair costs,” The police said in a statement.
Many drivers posted photos of large-scale traffic jams on social media and vented their dissatisfaction to state officials and transportation departments. Some claimed to have been stuck on the road for several hours, and some reported being stuck for more than 20 hours.
Update: After 11 hours in our car, we finally drive along I-95 again. But only head north.The southbound is still completely closed, and the line for backup cars is very long
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) January 4, 2022
It is unacceptable for people to be trapped for 12 hours at a temperature of 20 degrees. The forecast is as accurate as 12 hours before the start. If Virginia Interstate 95 does not have the plow/salt capacity to handle 8-14 inches of snow, it should be closed in advance. @JoshNBCNewshttps://t.co/5BUItfM5vk
-Bill Karrins (@BillKarins) January 4, 2022
During the first snow and cold temperatures in the area, many drivers stalled overnight on the main road.
Some drivers who were hit by heavy snow were stopped for more than 5 hours at the National Harbor near Interstate I-95 in Stafford County and the outer ring road near Route 50. pic.twitter.com/EkYDypBSxs
— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) January 3, 2022
Other videos show people sharing food with each other and finding other ways to spend their free time stuck on the road.
Governor Ralph Northam said that rising temperatures will help improve road conditions and help continue efforts to open interstate highways.
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