Hundreds of drivers have been stranded on the I-95 in northern Virginia for hours Tuesday morning after the region was slammed with a major snowstorm—prompting some people to turn off their engines or even abandon their vehicles to look for shelter, according to a report.
WTOP reported that some drivers were stuck in their cars for more than 15 hours.
“Some callers were sobbing out of fear,” Dave Dildine said, a traffic reporter at the station. “Psychologically, it is very distressing to remain motionless on a highway for hours without knowing how long it will last.”
According to the National Weather Service, snow-spotters in Washington, D.C. reported accumulations of 11.5 inches in Capitol Heights, Maryland and 10 inches in Rose Hill Virginia. The storm ended Monday afternoon.
Virginia State Police advised that any snow that has melted during the day will freeze overnight, causing dangerous and dangerous road conditions.
According to reports, the southbound lanes of Interstate near mile marker 136 were still at a standstill as of Tuesday morning.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Emily Clementson, a truck driver, told NBC Washington.
The Virginia Department of Transportation sent a tweet to the drivers late Monday, informing them that they were being worked on to get them moving again.
“We wish we could have a timetable, ETA, or an educated guess as to when travel will resume on I-95. The tweet stated that the situation was “at a standstill” in our area due to multiple incidents. “Its frustrating & scary. Our crews won’t stop. Crews will continue to work until ALL roads maintained by the state are safe for travel.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press
Source: Fox News