(AbsoluteNews.com) – On Monday, January 3, a snowstorm hit the DC metro area. While children enjoyed a snow day, motorists on a major interstate were dealing with a nightmare.
As snow fell from the sky and the roads became covered in ice, vehicles lost control on I-95. By Tuesday morning, at least six tractor-trailers and an unknown number of cars were involved in car accidents. Traffic in both the north and south-bound lanes came to a standstill, trapping motorists for more than 24 hours. Many of them didn’t have food or water.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine (VA), who lives two hours from DC, was in one of the vehicles trapped on the interstate. Tuesday afternoon, he said he’d been stuck for 27 hours before finally making it back to the Capitol.
Update: I've been on the road for 27 hours. https://t.co/waGSrARUEe
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 4, 2022
Governor Ralph Northam (D) said emergency crews with the Virginia State Police, the state Department of Transportation, and VA Department of Emergency Management were working to clear the cars and help motorists.
Slow but steady progress at the I-95 109 mm emergency crossover in #Caroline Co. being made with getting traffic moving again. #VSP & @VaDOTFRED crews continue our nonstop efforts to safely free stranded motorists & clear abandoned vehicles thru the 40-mile stretch of I-95. @VDEM pic.twitter.com/AmqcWCmLfV
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 4, 2022
The situation in Virginia demonstrates the importance of preparing for disaster. Just like people in the South prepare for hurricanes each year, northern US residents should prepare for snowstorms. Drivers should ensure they have food and water in their vehicles, an extra battery-operated phone charger, warm blankets and medications.
Remember: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
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