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‘No One Came’: Drivers Stranded on I-95 Faced Food, Fuel Shortages in Freezing Temps

The entrance ramp to I-95 is closed after a winter storm dumped a foot of snow on the area overnight in Stafford County, Virginia, on Jan. 4.

The entrance ramp to I-95 is closed after a winter storm dumped a foot of snow on the area overnight in Stafford County, Virginia, on Jan. 4.

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Richmond, Va. (AP) -- There was no food, water or sleep for Susan Phalen as she spent a frigid night inside her car stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia. Meera Rao and her husband were only 100 feet past an exit but were unable to move for 16 hours.

Sen. Tim Kaine was on his way to Washington when a seemingly simple commute stretched into a 21-hour ordeal that became “a kind of survival project.”