Hundreds of drivers stranded on I-95 in Virginia after the region is pummeled by major snowstorm 1

Hundreds of drivers stranded on I-95 in Virginia after the region is pummeled by major snowstorm

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Road to nowhere: Hundreds of drivers have been stuck in the snow for more than FIFTEEN HOURS on I-95 in Virginia after pile-up involving six tractor-trailers

  • Hundreds of motorists have been stuck in the snow for more than 15 hours along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia after a crash involving six tractor-trailers
  • The snowstorm piled 7 to 11 inches of snow on the US East Coast’s main north-south highway 
  • Compounding the challenges, traffic cameras went offline as much of central Virginia lost power in the storm 
  • As of 3.30pm Monday, Virginia State Police had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service

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Hundreds of motorists have been stuck in the snow for more than 16 hours along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia after a snowstorm dumped at least 11 inches of snow on the road and a crash involving six tractor-trailers, authorities said.

Traffic reached a standstill Monday afternoon following a tractor-trailer collision on the US East Coast’s main north-south highway – and it became impossible to move as nearly a foot of snow accumulated. 

Hours passed with hundreds of motorists posting increasingly desperate messages on social media about running out of fuel, food and water.

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

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Hundreds of motorists have been stuck in the snow for more than 15 hours along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia after a crash involving six tractor-trailers, authorities said, during a snowstorm that piled 7 to 11 inches of snow on the US East Coast's main north-south highway

Hundreds of motorists have been stuck in the snow for more than 15 hours along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia after a crash involving six tractor-trailers, authorities said, during a snowstorm that piled 7 to 11 inches of snow on the US East Coast’s main north-south highway

‘Crews will start taking people off at any available interchange to get them – for 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,’ the VDOT tweeted at 5.20am Tuesday.

Meanwhile, between 7 and 11 inches of snow was accumulating in the area during Monday’s blizzard, according to the National Weather Service, and thousands of accidents and stranded vehicles were reported throughout central and northern Virginia. 

As of 3.30pm Monday, Virginia State Police had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service due to treacherous road conditions, The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg reported. 

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In the Fredericksburg area, some of the drivers who were stranded on Monday by the severe weather conditions still reported that they were stuck as of sunrise on Tuesday – some due to disabled trucks – the VDOT said.

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

More than 281,000 customers remained without electricity on Tuesday, according to poweroutage.us.

The Virginia Department of Transportation posted a notice on their Instagram that I-95 was close in both directions between exits 152 and 104

The Virginia Department of Transportation posted a notice on their Instagram that I-95 was close in both directions between exits 152 and 104

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

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

As of 3.30pm Monday, Virginia State Police had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service due to treacherous road conditions

As of 3.30pm Monday, Virginia State Police had responded to more than 2,000 calls for service due to treacherous road conditions

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