Dec 19, 2009 12:02 PM by AP
Officials in Virginia say the snow storm socking the East Coast has caused several hundred motorists to become stranded in the western part of the state.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman Bob Spieldenner said Saturday that local and state officials, as well as the National Guard, have helped get about 100 stranded motorists to shelters in two counties. About a foot of snow has fallen in the area.
Spieldenner says many of the motorists became stranded after accidents along the state's interstates and rural roads. Officials used four-wheel-drive vehicles and National Guard Humvees to help some of the motorists.
Spieldenner says some people have food and fuel and were opting to stay in their car to wait for the roads to clear.