FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Senator Tim Kaine left his home in Richmond for his usual two-hour drive to the United States Capitol after Monday’s snowstorm, eager to negotiate voting rights legislation and to preside over the Senate on Tuesday morning.
Instead, it was stranded overnight on a stretch of Interstate 95 where trucks lost control on the icy pavement, closing the main north-south corridor on the East Coast and trapping hundreds of drivers in temperatures that have dropped to 15 degrees (minus 9 Celsius).
The Democrat told WTOP radio he was worried about any families with children or elderly passengers who were running out of fuel and food. Then he got a little envious, because at least they had some body heat to share.
“At one point, I kind of went from a miserable travel experience to kind of a survival project,” Kaine said as he was still stuck after 9pm alone in his car.
But Kaine also described a camaraderie as strangers connected along the freeway, including a Connecticut family walking up and down lines of parked cars, sharing a bag of oranges they planned to bring back from. Florida vacation.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Kaine said. “I will never forget this.”
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