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Sen. Tim Kaine among hundreds trapped in Virginia snowstorm traffic jam


Virginia department of Transportation provides this photo of Interstate 95 in close proximity to Fredericksburg. This was taken Monday, January 3, 2022.

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Virginia senator Tim Kaine was among hundreds of motorists who were trapped on Tuesday morning in traffic jams caused by heavy snows, iced roads and other road conditions on an interstate highway.

Kaine tweeted “I started my 2 hour normal drive to DC yesterday at 1pm,” at 8:27 am. ET. ET.

Ilse Zuniga (Kaine’s Press Secretary) told CNBC that Senator Kaine was driving from Richmond to Capitol Hill. Zuniga stated that he is now safe, but was still stuck on the highway Tuesday morning.

Around 10 AM, he was still in the car. ET. Kaine tweeted that a CT family was returning from Florida with a full car. He passed by the CT station in the middle the night, handing out oranges while we were stuck for hours on I-95. They are blessed!

Virginia Department of Transportation shut down I-95. There are reports of disabled vehicles and trees falling in Fredericksburg. This is about 50 miles north of Washington.

VDOT Fredericksburg posted shortly before midnight, “We have approximately 20-30 trucks stuck on I-95 Northbound,”

The conditions are dangerous on all other Virginia roads. VDOT alerted Louisa County over the weekend of several jack-knifed trailer-trailers on U.S. Route 522.

We wish there was a schedule, ETA, or educated guess as to when I-95 travel will resume. With multiple incidents, it’s at an impasse in our locality. Its frustrating & scary,” VDOT Fredericksburg tweeted Monday evening.

Josh Lederman of NBC News was also stuck overnight in his vehicle. He described it as “fairly distopian” during an interview for MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning.

From his car, he said that “Nobody knows how much time we will be here” or how far he would get out.

Lederman stated that other drivers stuck in gridlock had to switch off their vehicles to save gasoline. Temperatures dropped well below freezing over the night, and they were left stranded.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweets Tuesday morning: “State officials and emergency workers continue to clear downed tree, assist disabled vehicle, and redirect drivers.”

“All stranded motorists will receive an emergency message containing information and support. The state also works with localities in opening warming shelters as necessary. Northam tweets that while sunlight will likely help @VaDOT clear roads, Virginians should still avoid 1-95.

These are in the process of being updated. Keep checking back for more updates.