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Virginia State Police field more than 2,000 calls, respond to 800 snow crashes

Posted at 12:11 PM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-17 12:11:46-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two State Troopers were hurt responding to calls for service as snow fell in Virginia. The condition of the troopers has not been released. Between 4 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, Virginia State Police Troopers responded to 2,231 calls for service. Troopers responded to 825 traffic crashes and 620 disabled vehicles, state police released.

"Due to vehicles losing control on slick roadways, two VSP troopers have been struck and injured," police posted on Facebook. "State police are also investigating a fatal crash that occurred Monday night in Loudoun County at the intersection of Routes 15 and 50 that resulted in one death."

State Police advised drivers to stay off the roads early Tuesday to allow crews treat and clear snow from the roads. Police also provided the following tips for safe snow driving:

  • Clear off all snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and two trucks