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Setting the Record Straight on Lockn' Festival Traffic Problems - abc27 WHTM

Setting the Record Straight on Lockn' Festival Traffic Problems

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Nelson Co., VA – Lockn' Music Festival organizers and Virginia State Police spoke to ABC 13 News Saturday to clarify reports regarding the traffic delays outside the festival on Thursday.

Entry to the music festival in Nelson County caused massive traffic congestion when the event kicked off.

Friday, ABC 13 talked to the co-founder of the event, David Frey, about the long delay in letting people in.

In our newscast, we reported that he said things did get slowed down because it took longer than expected for State Police to inspect each car.

Saturday, however, both Frey and state police officials reached out to us to clarify that State Police troopers did not inspect any cars. In fact, the only role the state police had was to maintain the flow of traffic on the highway. 

Frey says the festival hired a private security company to do the searches.

"All of the screening of vehicles, all of the parking of vehicles. All of the moving of people once they got inside the venue, was the responsibility of the event staff and not of state police," explained State Police Captain Paul Kvasnicka.

ABC 13 also reported on Friday that Frey said that State Police directed people into a lot that staffers weren't prepared for. Again, both organizers and state police say that's not true.

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