1500+ crashes reported in Virginia due to winter storm

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WVEC) -- As a winter storm passed over the east coast, Virginia State Police have been busy responding to several traffic crashes and disabled vehicles.

From 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 through 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, state police have responded to 8,412 calls for service, including 1,562 traffic crashes and 2,502 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

The Hampton Roads region experienced the most traffic crashes with 541.

The Metro-Richmond and Northern Virginia areas had the most disabled and stuck vehicles. State police responded to 588 disabled vehicles in the Richmond area and 568 in Northern Virginia.

Officials report the Hampton Roads region experienced the most traffic crashes with state troopers responding to 570 crashes in Chesapeake.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Virginia State Police responded to 8 crashes and 14 disabled vehicles.

Additionally, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, there have been six confirmed storm-related deaths in Virginia. One traffic-related fatality was reported from Chesapeake, with four hypothermia-related deaths reported in Hampton, Gloucester County, Charles City County, Henry County and Wise County.

Two other fatal traffic crashes were reported in Virginia Beach, however, the cause of those crashes are still under investigation.

State Police ask motorists not to abandon their vehicles in the roadway, as this may cause more delays and prevents VDOT trucks and other emergency vehicles from being able to move through the area.

Officials say to avoid unnecessary travel. If you must go out, slow down, buckle up and be alert for slick road conditions.

 Virginia State Police reminds drivers to:

  • Use Headlights- Increasing your visibility helps you to avoid slick and dangerous spots on the road, as well as helps other drivers see you better.
  • Slow Your Speed- Slowing your speed gives you more time to safely react and avoid a crash. Drive your vehicle based on your ability to properly maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Don't Tailgate- You need increased stopping distance on slick road surfaces, especially at intersections. Give yourself more space between vehicles traveling ahead of you in order to avoid rear end collisions.
  • Buckle Up- Most crashes that occur during winter weather are caused by vehicles sliding into guardrails, off the road or other vehicles. Wearing a seat belt protects you and your passengers from being thrown around inside the vehicle and suffering serious injury in a crash.



Pictures: Winter weather on Jan. 22, 2016


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