On the train, passengers were able to view the picturesque wintry landscape until their journey came to a sudden halt.
“We were traveling through beautiful
, snowy countryside and the train just started stopping
,” Amtrak passenger Sean Thornton told CNN affiliate WGCL
. He said he boarded the train with his daughter in Atlanta for a trip that was supposed to take about
A few hours into the delay, food began to run low and toilets were backed up, Thornton said.
Passengers received occasional messages about snow and branches on the tracks, 그는 말했다, but he wished Amtrak had a plan in place for unexpected delays and better communication with passengers.
“Our staff worked to make sure customers were updated and provided food and water for customers,” Leeds, the Amtrak spokesperson, 말했다.
While trains and automobiles are on the move again
, Virginia is still recovering from the storm
. 이상 187,000 customers were still without power as of early Wednesday morning
, according to PowerOutage.us
‘I could have walked home faster than this’
While passengers on the train had some comforts, many of those stranded on the roadway lacked basic supplies to get them through the night.
Drivers described turning their engines on for a time to heat up, turning them off to conserve fuel, and sharing food and supplies with one another as crews tried to clear trucks blocking the way.
Jim DeFede, a journalist who was driving to Miami from New York, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that once he stopped, he was stuck for 18 시간.
He said he watched others who got out of their cars slip and slide on the ice and he stayed put, thinking there was no way emergency responders would get there if he fell and was hurt.
He said one trucker was handing out bottles of water and one bread delivery truck opened its doors and people handed out loaves.
DeFede finally got moving but was sent north, in the direction he had come from until, after two hours, he got off the interstate and found a place to stay.
으로 11 오전. 화요일, Susan Phalen was able to finally start driving her car again on northbound I-95 after being stuck just south of Stafford for nearly 15 시간.
“I could have walked home faster than this, 꽤 많이,” Phalen told CNN by phone.
Also trapped on I-95 overnight was Jennifer Travis, who with her husband and 12-year-old daughter were driving a rental car back to their Virginia home from Florida — because their return flight had been canceled twice.
They were stuck on I-95 for hours early Tuesday — with enough fuel for heat, but with no water or food. 으로 10 오전, the family had been able to take an exit — but then drove a road that hadn’t been plowed.
Many secondary roads in the region were blocked by downed trees or wintry conditions, 당국은 말했다, so even those able to get off I-95 faced difficult travels.
“Trees are down, cars are just everywhere. … It’s treacherous,” Travis told CNN by phone.