Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is among the many lots of of drivers who on Tuesday morning had been trapped for hours in a brutal visitors jam attributable to heavy snows and iced-over roads on a freeway outdoors of Washington.
“I began my regular 2 hour drive to DC at 1pm yesterday,” Kaine tweeted at 8:27 a.m. ET. “19 hours later, I am nonetheless not close to the Capitol.”
Nonetheless in his automobile round 10 a.m. ET, Kaine tweeted, “A CT household returning in a packed automobile from Florida walked by in the course of the evening handing out oranges as we had been stopped for hours on I-95. Bless them!”
“This has been a depressing expertise, however sooner or later I sort of made the swap from a depressing journey expertise into sort of a survival undertaking,” Kaine mentioned in a telephone interview Tuesday morning with Washington radio station WTOP.
The Democratic senator, who was Hillary Clinton’s working mate within the 2016 election in opposition to former President Donald Trump, mentioned he had supposed to return to work Monday to continue Senate negotiations on a voting-rights deal. However greater than 21 hours after leaving his dwelling in Richmond, he nonetheless has not handed the Stafford Airport, which is about 50 miles from Washington.
“I’ve by no means seen something prefer it, I assume that is all I can say,” Kaine mentioned.
Stranded autos are seen in nonetheless picture from freeway visitors digicam video as authorities labored to reopen an icy stretch of Interstate 95 closed after a storm blanketed the U.S. area in snow a day earlier, close to Colchester, Virginia, January 4, 2022.
Virginia Division of Transportation | Handout | by way of Reuters
The Virginia Division of Transportation has closed the I-95 interstate, with disabled autos and downed bushes being reported within the Fredericksburg space, about 50 miles south of D.C.
“We have now an estimated 20-30 vans caught” on I-95 northbound, VDOT Fredericksburg tweeted shortly earlier than midnight.
Circumstances are hazardous on different Virginia roads, as nicely, with VDOT warning Louisa County in a single day of “a number of jack-knifed tractor-trailers” on U.S. Route 522.
“We want we had a timetable, ETA or an informed guess on when journey will resume on I-95. It is at a standstill in our space with a number of incidents. Its irritating & scary,” VDOT Fredericksburg tweeted Monday night.
NBC Information’ Josh Lederman, who was additionally caught in his car in a single day, known as the scene “pretty dystopian” in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning.
“No person is aware of how lengthy we’ll be right here or hw we’ll get out,” he reported from his automobile.
Different drivers stranded within the gridlock had been compelled to show off their automobiles to preserve gasoline, at the same time as temperatures fell nicely beneath freezing in a single day, Lederman mentioned.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted Tuesday morning that “State and native emergency personnel are persevering with to clear downed bushes, help disabled autos, and re-route drivers.”
“An emergency message goes to all stranded drivers connecting them to assist, and the state is working with localities to open warming shelters as wanted. Whereas daylight is predicted to assist @VaDOT clear the street, all Virginians ought to proceed to keep away from 1-95,” Northam tweeted.
One other reporter, CBS Information’ Jim DeFede, mentioned in a video posted at 10 a.m. ET that he has been caught on I-95 close to Quantico for practically 18 hours.
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