Cars, trucks can’t get up icy Richmond roads

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jan 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-22 12:39:23-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Icy roads in Richmond created problems for some downtown drivers Wednesday morning.

"It's unnecessary. The city should have cleared this road," Melissa Schneider said about the slippery scene along 7th Street near Main. "It is always this bad with the least little bit of ice or snow."

Shantel Nicholson's boyfriend was among the long line of drivers who struggled to get their car, truck or van up the hill. He was trying to drop Shantel off at work, but couldn't make it.

Nicholson jumped out and walked the remaining block so she wouldn't be so late for work. She worried about her boyfriend getting off that icy patch, which he did several minutes later.

Several good Samaritans were seen pushing stuck cars off the ice.

Police blocked off the area for several hours Wednesday so other drivers would not get stuck. The Richmond Department of Public Works eventually sent a crew to tend to the road. By lunch time appeared to be much better.

The road reopened about 11 a.m.