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.
🚨#BREAKING: Thousands of drivers are Stranded since yesterday
Thousands of motorists are stranded on I-95 in Virginia for 15+ hours after a crash brought traffic to a halt from yesterday heavy snow storm. The national Guard are on standby to help drivers pic.twitter.com/lKXsWJzjup
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 4, 2022
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.”
7:22am – 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. Many out here have been stuck much longer. It is increasingly dangerous the longer we are stranded out here. pic.twitter.com/5SLkmPfSTV
— Susan Phalen (@SAPOTUS) January 4, 2022
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.”
I’ve been stuck in my car on #I95 for 18+ Hours without my insulin. Can someone please send help? I’m starting to feel very weak.
— Adam X (@jobphree) January 4, 2022
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.”
Call in the national guard been stuck i95 north for 12 hours with 2 young kids in the car!!!!!!
— James Morrison (@co69796259) January 4, 2022
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!”
SOS! My daughter’s boyfriend has been stranded near Dumphries for almost 14 hours (since 7pm last night). 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!
— Sean Elgut (@GreenerP7890) January 4, 2022
My son is at MM 116 on I95 North and has been there since 2:00 pm yesterday! His vehicle is stranded! He has NO BATTERY, NO LIGHTS OR HAZARDS! We have called VDOT, Virginia State Police and 911. He is extremely COLD! Please help!
— Denell Montanya (@denell_montanya) January 4, 2022
Inexcusable! My family has been stuck on I95 since yesterday evening- they have not seen ANY emergency assistance! People need to lose their jobs over this horrendous situation! Very very sad excuse for your handling of this!
— Claudia creenan (@Ccreenan) January 4, 2022
According to Virginia State Police, nearly 600 crashes were reported across the Commonwealth on Monday with many of those involving big rigs.
Snow is collecting too fast for these #VSP troopers on I-95 in #PrinceWilliam Co & I-495 in #Springfield to keep their vehicles clear! #VSP troopers are up to 559 traffic crashes & 522 disabled/stuck vehicles across #virginia since 12:01 AM (1/3/22). Pls delay travel. @VaDOTNOVA pic.twitter.com/1UoGDKHoBE
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 3, 2022
This was Route 29 in #Lovingston in #Nelson Co. where #VSP troopers, area wreckers, @VaDOTLynchburg & #Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Deputies worked for several hours to free more than a dozen stuck/disabled tractor-trailers. Pls avoid traveling this stretch until conditions improve. pic.twitter.com/Ar6T1AbtQl
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) January 3, 2022
It remains unclear when traffic will begin moving again.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to track new developments.