Thousands of stranded drivers cleared from snowbound Virginia highway By Reuters

Thousands of stranded drivers cleared from snowbound Virginia highway By Reuters
2/2 Thousands of stranded drivers cleared from snowbound Virginia highway © Reuters. Local residents walk along an empty street during a snowstorm in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 2/2

By Katharine Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Rescue crews in Virginia on Tuesday finished freeing the last of the travelers stranded overnight on a snowed-in highway, ending a crisis that had trapped thousands of people including U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.

Kaine’s routine commute from his Virginia home to Washington turned into a 27-hour ordeal when a blizzard made the road headed toward the nation’s capital impassable, stranding him and other motorists without food and water in the freezing cold.

A spokeswoman with the Virginia Department of Transportation confirmed the last motorists were freed, more than 24 hours after the storm.

Interstate 95, one of the busiest thoroughfares on the East Coast, was closed for hours…

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