The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
After hundreds of people were stranded on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 for 30 hours due to extreme winter weather earlier this week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam blamed drivers.
When asked what went wrong on Monday and Tuesday in an interview with WRVA, the outgoing Democratic governor tried to avoid taking responsibility and became frustrated.
‘I’m sick of people complaining about what went wrong,’ the governor retorted.
‘I believe we should be grateful that no one was injured or killed, that Interstate 95 is open for business, and that people have returned to their homes and jobs.’
After motorists had been stranded without gas, water, or food for more than 24 hours, the I-95 in Virginia was finally cleared on Tuesday evening.
‘UPDATE: There are no people still stranded on I-95,’ the state’s Department of Transportation tweeted at 5.15 p.m.
There are only about 20 vehicles left to be removed from the interstate before plow trains arrive to clear the snow and ice from the lanes.’
The road reopened in time for the morning commute on Wednesday, just in time for a second winter storm to hit the state on Thursday, prompting Northam to declare a state of emergency for the rest of the month.
‘We were expecting a storm.
‘We issued warnings,’ Northam said, adding that instead of himself, the drivers who were on the roads should be questioned.
2. Did you hear about the storm?
3. What made you think it was so important to drive through a snowstorm?
Do you think you should have stayed at home or wherever you were instead of taking I-95?’ Northam retorted.
After a six-vehicle crash in Stafford on Monday, the snowy pile-up between Dumfries Road, which is nearly an hour from Washington, DC, and Carmel Church, which is only 8 miles away, began.
As temperatures dropped into the teens overnight, the 50-mile stretch of highway south of DC was blanketed in nearly a foot of snow and ice.
Six tractor-trailers jackknifed in the winter storm, causing a chain reaction in which other vehicles lost control and blocked lanes in both directions of I-95, making the road impassable.
It wasn’t until late Tuesday afternoon that cars were able to travel freely down the interstate.
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