Motorists trapped overnight on I-95 as winter storm causes icy, snowy havoc… 53 miles closed…

(CNN)Drivers have been stranded for hours on a major interstate in eastern Virginia — some from Monday into Tuesday morning — because of a severe winter storm that has sent authorities scrambling to clear a path.

The vehicles were stuck on portions of a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area, between Richmond and Washington, DC, partly because of disabled trucks blocking the way in snowy and icy conditions, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.
Among those trapped: US Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who said he was still on I-95 on Tuesday morning — 19 hours after starting his drive.
“I started my normal 2 hour drive to DC at 1pm yesterday. 19 hours later, I’m still not near the Capitol,” Kaine tweeted, posting a picture from behind a windshield, showing three tractors ahead.

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Highway crews closed a 53-mile portion of Interstate 95 between Dumfries and Carmel Church, just north of Kings Dominion.


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