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“Go home. Stay at home” drivers battle treacherous road conditions

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 23:21:19-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Driving in this winter has been absolutely treacherous for drivers in Central Virginia, but some Good Samaritans have been willing to extend a helping hand to those in distress.

CBS 6 talked to some locals drivers who made a trip out today, despite warnings from VDOT to stay off the roads.

One man said engine trouble kept him from going any further on I-64 Westbound towards Richmond.  He was driving home to Chesterfield.

He had to wait for a tow truck to get him out.

Tow truck driver Steve Hysell has been responding to a dozens of calls for stranded drivers, then it happened to him in East Henrico.

"I was pulling out into the road and a car started spinning and it was sliding towards me.  So, I hit the brakes.  So, that he wouldn't hit me and now I'm stuck,” said Hysell.

He said he had to call on another driver, that has four wheel drive, to get him out.

“It’s very dangerous out here. Very unsafe,” said Hysell.

That is why Aaron Sotelo is staying put.

His neighbors stopped by to help him dig out of the snow that piled up outside of his Eastern Henrico home.

"It seems like the snow is right up to my height almost. It’s pretty high…yeah…it’s getting pretty bad,” said Sotelo.

He said he wanted to make sure he had access to a car, in case of an emergency.

"We're just trying to get a head start for when it actually stops snowing.  And when we actually do need to know... it's not as much work,” said Sotelo.

While people are helping their neighbors, others who have to be out the snow storm gave this advice.

"Go home.  Stay at home,” said Sotelo.