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Motorists stuck in snow and cold on a highway in the United States

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has confirmed that Highway 95 remains closed in both directions between Ruther Glen, Caroline County, and Exit 152, Dunfries, Prince William County.

The accident on Monday afternoon was uninjured, but caused massive traffic jams on the main north-south artery of the east coast of the United States. The situation was made worse by the constantly falling snow. As the hours passed, motorists multiplied increasingly urgent messages on social media asking for food, water and fuel.

Stranded cars.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight in snow and cold on a stretch of highway.

Photo: AP

A storm dumped up to one foot of snow in the area on Monday, according to the US National Weather Service; Hundreds of accidents or stranded vehicles have been reported in central and northern Virginia. As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police reported responding to more than 2,000 calls related to difficult road conditions, according to local press.

The storm caused power outages in central Virginia, and highway surveillance cameras have stopped working, the Department of Transportation said. Nearly 300,000 customers were still without power on Tuesday, according to the poweroutage.us site.

The Department of Transportation said on Twitter on Monday that reinforcements were arriving from other states and that its teams were on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Travelers won over by hunger

The police had asked the population to avoid unnecessary travel, especially at the end of the day, when the mercury slipped below freezing.

NBC network reporter Josh Lederman told the show Today being stuck about fifty miles south of Washington DC since 8 p.m. Monday.

I have no food or water. I have gasoline, but how long will it last?, he asked.

The answer: all night.

People who got out of their cars.

Motorists impatiently awaiting the arrival of rescuers.

Photo: AP

I think the correct word is dystopian, said Lederman. We start to see motorists turning off their engines to save fuel, people starting to run out of food and water, children and pets stuck for so many hours, people going down with their pets. company to make them walk. And during that time, no sign of emergency vehicles we could see. We don’t know if it’s because they can’t make it to us, but we really start to think that if there was a medical emergency, if someone ran out of gas. or heating … [-3 degrés Celsius] and it is obvious that no one could join us in this situation.

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