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Snowstorms cause drivers to stranded for hours

The snowstorm is over, but the tragedy of the trip is not over. A driver on a major highway outside Washington reported yesterday that he was trapped in a car for almost a day.
One of the frustrated travelers was Tim Kaine, a US Senator in Virginia.
“I started my usual two-hour drive to DC at 1:00 pm yesterday. 19 hours later, I’m not yet near the Capitol,” Kaine tweeted yesterday morning.
“My office is in contact with @VaDOT to see how we can help other Virginia people in this situation,” he said to the State Department. “Please keep everyone safe.”
Social media was flooded with posts from desperate drivers trapped in cars for hours in frosty weather.
“We have a dog here for more than 10 hours, we have to go to the bathroom and we need more gas. There are no hotels around,” tweeted one driver.
Another driver told local television station WUSA9 that he left his home about 90 minutes south of Washington and started driving north in the event of a power outage, not knowing until he was caught up in a highway nightmare.
“I’m fine, I’m tired,” said the driver, who wasn’t given a name. “I didn’t expect to wake up at this time, and I didn’t expect to get out in the snow with gridlock traffic … all in all, things get worse. There is a possibility.”
Monday’s storm squeezed an unexpectedly intense punch, apparently smashing much of the capital, temporarily stranded U.S. President Joe Biden on Air Force One, up to 9 inches (23 cm) in Washington. It snowed. ..
It also groaned transport that was hit by flight cancellations and a record surge in cases of coronavirus (Covid-19).
The Virginia Department of Transportation said there was no such disruption on Interstate Highway 95, but the number of affected drivers was not estimated.
“Our crew is actively working to get everyone off 95. Plans are underway to guide vehicles currently parked on the interstate to a nearby interchange with access to alternative routes. “It’s inside,” the agency said in a Twitter message.
“We know that many travelers have been stuck on Interstate 95 in our region for an unusual period of time since the last 24 hours, and in some cases Monday morning,” said a department engineer. Said Marcy Parker. “This is unprecedented and we are steadily moving stopped trucks to move forward toward lane restoration.”

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