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State Police responds to thousands of crashes and disabled vehicles

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 23:27:56-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State Police are advising Virginians to remain indoors and off the roads “as outdoor conditions are extreme and dangerous.” As temperatures drop overnight the roads will be “slick and treacherous.”

The Virginia Department of Transportation issued an urgent warning to drivers Saturday afternoon as the second round of winter weather pummeled much of the state.

In the duration of this winter storm, State Police has responded to 6,193 calls for service on Virginia roadways. There have been 1,374 accidents reported and 1,883 calls for disabled vehicles. The Chesapeake area has responded to the most crashes with 521, this includes one weather-related traffic fatality Friday afternoon. They have also responded to 510 disabled vehicle calls in the region.

Here are the statistics from Saturday’s traffic crashes and disabled vehicle calls throughout the state.

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
Traffic Crashes=57
Disabled vehicles=295

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
Traffic Crashes=23
Disabled Vehicles=126

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
Traffic Crashes=30
Disabled Vehicles=87

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
Traffic Crashes=11
Disabled Vehicles=39

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
Traffic Crashes=182
Disabled Vehicles=81

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)
Traffic Crashes=22
Disabled Vehicles=58

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)
Traffic Crashes=17
Disabled Vehicles=318

For road conditions and closures, Virginians are still encouraged to call 511 or go to and not 911 or #77. Emergency phone lines need to remain open for emergencies only.