Scenes from a traffic nightmare on I-95 in Virginia

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Hundreds of people were stranded for a day in freezing temperatures.

Drivers wait for traffic to clear as cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Va. Almost 48 miles of the Interstate has been closed due to ice and snow. Photo AP / Steve Helber

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – Hundreds of people were stranded on Interstate 95 in freezing temperatures after a winter storm hampered traffic and left some drivers stranded for a full day.

Kiara Davis (left) and Aja Brown walk up the I-95 slip road southbound to Route 234 in Dumfries, Va. On Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022. The two brought a cooler with drinks and snacks for anyone they could find stranded on the highway. Hundreds of motorists were desperate for help Tuesday after a winter storm hampered traffic in Virginia and left some drivers stranded for nearly 24 hours in freezing temperatures along an impassable stretch of highway to the south of the national capital. (Peter Cihelka / The Free Lance-Star via AP)

The problems began Monday morning when a truck jacked up I-95, setting off a chain reaction as other vehicles lost control, state police said.

Drivers watch the pavement as cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Virginia. Almost 48 miles of the Interstate has been closed due to ice and snow. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Eventually, two-way lanes were blocked on a 40-mile stretch of the highway between Richmond and the nation’s capital at a time when snow was falling at about 2 inches per hour.

Cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Virginia. Almost 48 miles of the Interstate has been closed due to ice and snow. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Hundreds of motorists spent the night in their vehicles, worrying about lack of food, fuel and water as temperatures plummeted in the teens. One family said they went more than 18 hours without eating.

A tow truck pulls a semi-tractor from the I-95 southbound and onto Route 234 in Dumfries, Va. On Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022. Hundreds of motorists desperately waited for help on Tuesday after a Winter storm hampered traffic in Virginia and left some drivers stranded for nearly 24 hours in freezing temperatures along an impassable stretch of freeway south of the nation’s capital. (Peter Cihelka / The Free Lance-Star via AP)

There were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities, but there was a lot of anger among the drivers.

Workers remove stranded cars and trucks from sections of Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Va. Almost 48 miles of the Interstate has been closed due to ice and snow. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)
Cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, near Quantico, Va. Almost 48 miles of the Interstate has been closed due to ice and snow. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)
This image provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The northern and southern sections of the highway were closed due to snow and snow. ice. (Virginia Department of Transportation via AP)

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