TikTok couple goes viral after discovering a cleaver technique to survive I-95 visitors jam
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A TikTok viral video shows how a bread delivery truck driver provided much-needed assistance to dozens of unsuspecting drivers stranded on I-95 in Virginia for over 24 hours this week due to snow and freezing temperatures.
“This couple hadn’t eaten in 37 hours while stranded on that frozen Virginia freeway, so they called the bread company whose truck was right in front of them and asked if they could have what was inside,” said the narrator of the video, showing a photo of Casey Holihan and her husband John Noe and the Schmidt Baking Company truck.
“To their surprise, the truck driver was contacted and given the green light to distribute bread to 50 hungry drivers,” they added as the video shows the driver in boots and gloves handing out bags of bread from a Baltimore resident’s truck Company.
VIRGINIAS SNOWY I-95 TRAFFIC JAM INVITES YOU TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED
It is unclear how many people were fed by the gesture or how long the drivers were stuck in traffic before being rescued.
The tangled traffic caused Virginia state traffic officials to close the entire freeway, including the mostly congested areas between exits 152 and 104.
Road crews used tractors to move snow off the ramp to I-95 after it closed after a winter storm on the 4th (Photo by Chip Somode (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / Getty Images)
The incident started on Monday before it dragged itself into Tuesday night, but despite the chaos, no deaths, injuries or major accidents have been reported.
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., Posted on Twitter that he was stuck on the interstate and that it took him 27 hours to cover the 110 miles between Richmond and Washington.
In this still image from a social media video, vehicles are stuck in traffic in the morning on Interstate Highway I-95 near Stafford, Virginia, United States, on Jan. 4, 2022. Susan Phalen / via REUTERS (Susan Phalen / via REUTERS / Reuters Photos)
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Hundreds – if not thousands – of drivers were struck before their ultimate help came from police vehicles, also hampered and delayed by the storm, and the generosity of Schmidt Baking and their van driver.
This image, provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation, shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Monday, January 3, 2022. (Virginia Department of Transportation via AP) (Virginia Department of Transportation via AP / AP Newsroom)
There were other reports of people coming to the rescue of the trapped, including a family handing oranges to the U.S. Senator.
Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after initially deciding against it, as another winter storm is expected in Virginia in the coming days.
UPDATE: I declared a state of emergency as Virginia prepares to respond to another major winter storm starting tomorrow.
These successive storms will create breakthrough winter weather that will require additional flexibility – especially as many continue to grapple with power outages.
– Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 6, 2022