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Massive Snowstorm Causes Drivers To Be Stranded Overnight

A severe snowstorm in Virginia caused crashes that trapped motorists overnight on I-95 on Monday, January 3rd. The stretch of interstate affected was just south of Washington, D.C. and received about a foot of snow on Monday morning. The snow caused several crashes, including one that blocked traffic for roughly 20 hours.

Travelers were forced to remain in their vehicles overnight, parked on the icy roadway with hundreds of other motorists. Many did not have a surplus supply of food, water, or even gasoline in their car’s tank, but they had cell phones and took to social media to post updates of their predicament.

One traveler, Jim DeFede, posted a video to Twitter joking about the situation. 

“There is absolutely no sign that this is going to change anytime soon. This is a complete parking lot on I-95 and the road is nothing but ice,” he said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday morning. 

The temperatures earlier this week were below freezing. DeFede posted that he alternately ran his car’s engine for about an hour to stay warm, then turned it off for a while to save the half-tank of gas in his car. He is a reporter with CBS News in Miami. 

DeFede had been sitting on the roadway so long that he said, “I’m not sure but I think I now qualify for Virginia residency.” 

Not all stranded motorists were lighthearted about the situation, though. NBC News correspondent Josh Lederman reported from his car on I-95 late Tuesday. He said people collected snow to stay hydrated and kids played on the side of the frozen road. He later broadcast about the situation from his home. 

“You don’t expect to making calculations about, all right, do I have enough water to get me through before I get into a kind of trouble situation? Do I have enough gas in my car that’s sitting idle on this highway, it can stay running overnight to keep me warm?” he said.

Winter weather on the East Coast, including between D.C. and Virginia, is known for hard-hitting snowstorms and delays. It seems like most travelers would be at least semi-prepared with a few granola bars in the glove box, a bottle of water, and a jacket. Keeping the top half of the gas tank full is commonsense. Also, these are all tips posted on most road safety websites, which are easily accessible to those familiar with the Internet. 

But in keeping with the modern era’s theme, there’s always someone to blame. In his broadcast, Lederman went on to say, “That’s why there are some really serious questions that people are raising today about the response from transportation authorities in Virginia and why they weren’t able to get people off the road faster.” 

Ah, it’s the transportation authorities’ fault that a snowstorm happened in winter and a wreck prevented easy access to those stranded on icy roads. What does Lederman expect the road workers to do – strap on some YakTraks (snow spikes for the bottom of your shoes) and hike out to the interstate, then personally escort people off the road? Which would still leave their vehicles stuck in place, which would also be the transportation department’s fault. 

No fatalities have been reported due to the incident. 

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  1. Also forgot to include there was no road treatment done before the storm. Usually snowplows are out during a storm trying to keep the highways cleared.
    Get with it reporter they failed!

  2. What if there had been 25% electric cars out there ? How long would the battery last ? How would you get them running again ?

    • My thought exactly. Wouldn’t it be better if the govm’t pushed hybrid cars instead of all EVs? Makes more sense to have some gas in emergencies, even if the emergency like this is hopefully not too often. Makes me think twice about an all electronic vehicle. Maybe emergency vehicle will have a way of bringing battery power with them, but could take a really long time if a lot of EV’s need a charge.

  3. Interesting how they try to blame the drivers for being caught in the snowstorm. Do they not realize that the vast majority of the traffic on I-95 don’t live in Virginia? I-95 is the main north-south corridor for the east coast. Many of the drivers on I-95 probably departed from Florida and other southern states and were probably completely unaware of what kind of weather they were going to run into along the route.

  4. It’s as if God is trying to get there attention but they are in Denial & Refusing to hear the Truth concerning the Unbelievable Evil they are doing. Thus stoking the flames of more & more bad news even at the cost of human lives. Especially recompense for senseless killing of our Nations Helpless, Innocent Unborn & Constant Attacks on the Body of Christ while encouraging evil in schools and coming in through our borders. Inciting violence by trying to convince the nation that Good is Evil but Evil is Good! That the Black Community is supposed to steal, kill and destroy the Police, Businesses and that Everyone is supposed to hate & attack anyone who isn’t Vaccinated. Wake up Left Wake Up! Pay Attention! John 3:16-17 Time is very, very short… Even if you hate us, we do not want you do suffer in eternity in flames, screaming & torture forever. No one deserves that. So don’t send yourselves there by refusing to come to Christ while there is just a little time left to get in.

  5. Didn’t anyone hear a weather report? I’m sure there were many, and common sense would tell you if you are traveling on any interstate road, you make sure your gas tank is full, and you have emergency supplies with you. I carry an emergency box at all times, and I live in Arizona. You cannot be too careful. Anything can happen, and you need to be prepared. Carry a bottle of bleach in your trunk, if you pour it on the tire treads it helps them grip the road, even in icy conditions.

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