Desperate Motorists and Truckers Stranded on I-95 in Virginia Issue Pleas For Help

Fredericksburg, VA — Hundreds of motorists and truckers have been stranded on Interstate 95 in Virginia since Monday afternoon and many are now pleading for help.

A crash involving six tractor-trailers along I-95 on Monday led to a shutdown of the interstate in all north and southbound lanes between exit 152 and exit 104.


The icy roadway has been gridlocked for more than 20+ hours as Virginia Department of Transportation officials have been working to clear the scene and get traffic flowing again.

Many motorists and truckers have taken to social media to express concern and deep frustration over what has increasingly become a perilous situation.

“Still haven’t moved an inch. NB traffic on I-95 near Stafford still gridlock. SB traffic moving, barely, a few cars at a time. I’m 11 hours in to this ordeal,” Susan Phalen wrote on social media. “Many out here have been stuck much longer. It is increasingly dangerous the longer we are stranded out here.”


Others who are stranded are reporting the stakes have become life and death.

“I’ve been stuck in my car on #I95 for 18+ Hours without my insulin,” Adam X said on Twitter. “Can someone please send help? I’m starting to feel very weak.”

Many are also responding to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) after he took to social media on Tuesday morning to reassure stranded drivers help was on the way.

“My team has been working throughout the night alongside @VSPPIO, @VaDOT, and @VDEM to respond to the situation on I-95,” the Governor said.  “State and local emergency personnel are continuing to clear downed trees, assist disabled vehicles, and re-route drivers. An emergency message is going to all stranded drivers connecting them to support, and the state is working with localities to open warming shelters as needed.”

Family members and friends of those impacted are also sending out pleas to officials for assistance.

“SOS! My daughter’s boyfriend has been stranded near Dumphries for almost 14 hours (since 7 p.m. last night),” Sean Elgut said. “There are families with kids in a car next to his: NO MOVEMENT! NO SUPPORT, NO HELP! Many cars ran out of gas and people are freezing! Call out the National Guard!”


According to Virginia State Police, nearly 600 crashes were reported across the Commonwealth on Monday with many of those involving big rigs.

It remains unclear when traffic will begin moving again.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to track new developments.

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