|On January 4, 2022, on the I-95 interstate highway near Stafford, Virginia, USA, a vehicle stalled in the morning. This is a still image obtained from a social media video. Susan Phalen/via Reuters (Susan Phalen/via Reuters/Photo by Reuters)|
A viral video from TikTok shows how van drivers can provide much-needed help to dozens of unsuspecting drivers who were stranded on the I95 in Virginia for more than 24 hours due to snowy weather and freezing temperatures this week. They Stuck on a frozen Virginia highway without eating for 37 hours, they called the van company and their truck was in front of them and asked if they could eat the contents,” the video’s narrator said. Show Photographs of Casey Holihan and her husband John Noe and the truck of Schmidt Baking Company.
They added: “To their surprise, the truck driver was contacted and allowed to start distributing bread to 50 hungry motorists.” The video showed the gloved driver distributing bread bags from the truck. Company truck in Baltimore.
It is not clear how many people this gesture fed, nor how long the driver was trapped in the roadblock before being rescued.
The traffic jam prompted Virginia traffic officials to close the entire highway, including the most congested area between Exit 152 and Exit 104.
The incident started on Monday and lasted until Tuesday night, but despite the chaos, there were no reports of deaths, injuries or serious accidents.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine shared on Twitter that he was stuck on an interstate and it took 27 hours to drive 110 miles between Richmond and Washington.
Hundreds (if not thousands) of drivers were affected before the final help from law enforcement vehicles, which were also hampered and delayed by the storm, as well as the generosity of Schmidt Baking Company and its delivery truck drivers.
There are other reports of people helping trapped people, including a family who handed oranges to a U.S. senator.
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and initially chose not to do so because it is expected that Virginia will usher in another winter storm in the next few days.
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