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Drivers stranded overnight as snowstorm and crashes shut down Virginia interstate


A number of truckers and motorists have been stuck on an interstate in Virginia for more than 20 hours following a snowstorm on Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, I-95 in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area remains closed in both directions between exit 152 (Dumfries) and exit 104 (Carmel Church).

The 48 mile interstate shutdown comes after Virginia state police responded to hundreds of crashes on Monday, including a six semi truck pileup on southbound I-95 at exit 136.

The I-95 closure left hundreds of drivers stranded on the interstate overnight, and many are running out of fuel, food, and water.

“We know many travelers have been stuck on Interstate 95 in our region for extraordinary periods of time over the past 24 hours, in some cases since Monday morning. This is unprecedented, and we continue to steadily move stopped trucks to make progress toward restoring lanes. In addition to clearing the trucks, we are treating for snow and several inches of ice that has accumulated around them to ensure that when the lanes reopen, motorists can safely proceed to their destination,” said Marcie Parker, P.E. VDOT Fredericksburg District Engineer.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine said that he has been stuck on I-95 since 1 p.m. on Monday and is in contact with transportation authorities to address the situation.

Crews are working to provide assistance to drivers who ran out of fuel overnight.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising stranded drivers to stay in their vehicles and to call 911 in case of emergency.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says that he is working to open warming centers for stranded drivers.


Truck driver Matthew Marchand is stuck on I-95 but is stocked up with fuel and food. Marchand told Business Insider, “Roads do close. I drive in northern Canada, and roads do get closed for one or two days. But people are prepared for it because they know what the reality is. No one driving on I-95 is ever thinking that I-95 is going to shut down for in excess of 14 or 15 hours.”

It isn’t clear when I-95 will reopen.


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