These Aerial Views of Icy I-95 Nightmare Are ‘Astonishing’
Fredericksburg, VA — Perhaps nothing reveals the enormity of the nightmare thousands of truckers and motorists faced this week along Interstate 95 in Virginia more than views from above the icy roadway.
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 104 and exit 152.
Traffic quickly came to a standstill along the nearly 50-mile stretch as transportation officials and emergency crews were caught seemingly unprepared by the winter storm which left over a foot of snow in many areas.
What many drivers believed would likely be a few hour delay turned into a dangerous and infuriating ordeal lasting more than 24 hours.
While there has been extensive coverage on the incident, “astonishing” aerial images give a perspective unlike any other.
We thought we would share some of them with you below.
Astonishing aerial images show the extent of vehicles stranded along I-95 after mid-Atlantic #snowstorm. Some drivers have been trapped for more than 24 hours: https://t.co/q4clFG4Ssw pic.twitter.com/YnY6GkTOmX
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) January 4, 2022
Cars and trucks stranded on sections of I-95 Tuesday in Carmel Church, Virginia.
📷 Steve Helber / AP pic.twitter.com/cTP0TfzrVc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 4, 2022
After more than 27 hours of drivers being stranded and trapped on I-95, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia State Police (VSP) officials were finally able to clear and reopen the roadway.
I-95 is open after being closed for emergency response for most of the day. All disabled vehicles have been removed from the interstate. pic.twitter.com/1j0nreDIrR
— VDOT Fredericksburg (@VaDOTFRED) January 5, 2022
However, as Transportation Nation Network reported on Tuesday, those who were stuck in the debacle and the millions of Americans watching it unfold on television and social media will not soon forget the incident.
Undoubtedly, some of the most memorable moments for stranded motorists were when truckers selflessly stepped up to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Read some examples of kindness and compassion in this TNN exclusive below.