Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam resisted a local reporter’s attempt to probe his response to the I-95 gridlock.
Over the past few days, Northam continued to face criticism for his administration’s response to one of the nation’s largest interstate highways freezing over after an unusually heavy snowfall, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded for up to 27 hours. Although no injuries or deaths were reported from this interstate accident, several people have criticised the governor of Virginia and Virginia Department of Transportation because they failed to respond promptly and did not properly prepare the roads.
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Matt Demlein, WRVA’s Matt Demlein, also questioned Northam to see if any effort is being made to determine the cause of the road accident or how it was treated.
“Is there any new information with the 95 response? Is it anything to do with determining what went wrong or what happened with the huge backup there?” Demlein asked.
Northam responded negatively to question saying “I don’t know why you’re sitting there saying what went wrong. This was a storm that we haven’t seen for a long time.”
He also said that instead asking “what went wrong”, people “ought not to ask what went right, but to just sit back and thank our agencies and roadside managers, VDOT.” [Virginia Department of Transportation]”, the Virginia state police,” as well as others who assisted during the week.
Northam began venting his frustrations about people who keep asking him “what went terribly wrong?”
Matt, while I don’t want to vent on you, I am tired of people rehashing the past. Northam stated that we should be thankful that no one was hurt, lost their lives, Interstate-95 is running and people are back home and at work.
Northam quickly suggested, before Demlein moved on to the next topic: The drivers on the interstate should answer questions about what happened.
“I would also like to say, Matt that we knew this storm was coming. We sent warnings. Why don’t you start asking some of these individuals that were out on the highway for hours one, did you know about this storm, two, why did you feel it was so important to drive through such a snow storm, and three, in hindsight, do you think maybe you should have stayed home or wherever you were rather than getting out on Interstate-95? Northam stated, “I think that would be interesting to hear that side of the story.”
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Northam prevously blamed interstate drivers on Wednesday when responding to criticism of the government’s response.
Northam stated that warnings were issued and that people should pay attention to them. The Washington Post also recommends that people not be on the roads when storms hit.
Officers could not give an exact count of the drivers, but photos of the scene showed hundreds unmoving vehicles and trucks. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. was one of the drivers and spent 27 hours driving on the road.
Northam will officially resign on Jan. 15, after Republican Glenn Youngkin has begun his term as governor.
Source: Fox News