‘I was playing on my Nintendo when we started spinning’

Posted at 10:14 PM, Mar 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-04 00:03:24-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- We first saw Michelle Rodriguez inside an ambulance being carried from a crash scene on Interstate 95 North in Hanover.

"I was playing on my Nintendo when we started spinning I'm like what happened," Rodriguez said.

We found her several hours later enjoying dinner... thankful that the crash wasn't worse.

"I know I'm lucky to be alive," Rodriguez said.

Driver El Moustadha Mohamed knows the feeling. He also wrecked on I-95 in Hanover, on his way to Washington for vacation.

"I was hitting the didn't work," Mohamed said. "I spun three or four was crazy,"

Now with the sun down and temps falling into the single digits, the crews plowing to make sure those crashes don't continue have their work cut out for them.

"With the turned into a skating rink," Dorsey Wright, who owns a snow plow and is hired by hotels and apartment complexes to plow said.

Wright and his son say they will be plowing for another 24 hours, but at least they have each other.

"The way we roll it's always fun always energetic in the car," Jaylen Wright said.

Quite a different atmosphere from Rodriguez's experience...she plans on napping the rest of the drive home.

"Of course I'm falling asleep. I don't want to hit the road again," Rodriguez said.

Virginia State Police responded to 1,145 crashes and 451 disabled vehicles between 12 a.m. and 6. 30 p.m. in Central Virginia, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Corinne Geller.