May 20, 2024

I-95 Is a Snow-Covered Dystopian Hellscape. These Truckers Came to the Rescue


Emily Slaughter and Michele Rusher are used to keeping track of inclement weather and road closures as truckers. Slaughter: This is the weirdest situation we’ve ever found ourselves in. That is exactly what occurred. I didn’t have any ideas. Rusher and Slaughter were stopped in a swarm of cars on Northern Virginia’s snow-covered, ice-slicked roadways around one or two a.m.

“We’ve been stuck in traffic; we get stuck in traffic every day,” Slaughter says to Rolling Stone from U.S. Route 1, where she and Rusher were able to arrive at their destination (though the back-up is just as bad there). Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, states, It’s starting to get a little warmer. The sun is shining brightly. Tera Hulse, a 26-year-old student, was driving home from North Carolina with her boyfriend and two dogs and had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “Oh, there’s like emergency guys coming to talk to you, they’ll give you stuff,” she says, referring to tweets from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Hulse decided to test her Jeep’s reliability around 2 a.m. Tuesday, with only half a tank of gas and a bag of cookies on hand. She maneuvered the car off the road, not only clearing a route for itself but also leaving a trail of cars in her wake. Late Monday night, while heading northbound to the Marine Corps post at Quantico, Isaac Arcos, a 23-year-old Marine from North Carolina, became a part of the traffic bottleneck. The caravan reached the crest of a hill at the Woodbridge, Virginia, exit. “We got back to D.C. at 7:30 a.m. and pretty much just went into bed.” #Virginia #I95

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