Virginia Highways a Mess
There is a seven-mile backup of vehicles near Mile Marker 188 on I-81 near Lexington, according to Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Caldwell. A tractor-trailer accident Friday night led officials to close down the highway there, and it has not re-opened yet. Crews have not been able to get in to clear it because of the jam of cars leading up to the scene, he said. Officials have told stranded motorists calling in on their cell phones to call 911 if they're in an emergency, a message repeated on VDOT's web site and being broadcast on its 511 traffic information channel
Meanwhile, I-77 at the West Virginia border has re-opened but remains clogged, Caldwell said. West Virginia closed the border, causing a huge backup of traffic into Virginia. Many motorists have abandoned their vehicles, hindering the ability of snow plows to get through. Tow trucks are attempting to tow away trucks that were unable to get up hills.
Carol A. Morello
| December 19, 2009; 11:06 AM ET
Categories: Traffic and Transportation, Weather
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