State police work nearly 500 crashes during winter storm

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-16 21:43:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Troopers have worked nearly 500 crashes as of 8 p.m. Sunday as a winter storm continues to impact Virginia.

Virginia State Police responded to 482 traffic crashes and 486 disabled vehicles through 8 p.m. Sunday, according to officials with the agency.

"The majority of those crashes have involved only damage to vehicles," officials said. "There have been no reported traffic fatalities during this time period."

That includes:

  • Richmond Division: 41 Disabled Vehicles & 144 Traffic Crashes
  • Culpeper Division: 68 Disabled Vehicles & 40 Traffic Crashes
  • Appomattox Division: 58 Disabled Vehicles & 49 Traffic Crashes
  • Wytheville Division: 72 Disabled Vehicles & 72 Traffic Crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 30 Disabled Vehicles & 42 Traffic Crashes
  • Salem Division: 113 Disabled Vehicles & 70 Traffic Crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 104 Disabled Vehicles & 65 Traffic Crashes
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Troopers worked two-vehicle crash in Goochland County on I-64 just before 5:25 p.m. Sunday. A Ford pickup truck towing a long trailer lost control, jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of I-64 and collided with a Toyota minivan, officials said. No injuries were reported.

Troopers worked a two-vehicle crash along I-64 east in Goochland County just before 5:25 p.m. That was where a Ford pickup truck towing a long trailer lost control, jackknifed and crashed into a minivan. Both vehicles came to rest in the median and no injuries were reported, according to state police officials.

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Semi jackknifed on I-81 Roanoke County

Troopers were working a multi-vehicle crash along I-81 north in Montgomery County around 3:30 p.m. after four semi trucks and a pickup collided. Two minor injuries reported, officials said. The crash remains under investigation.

Earlier Sunday troopers worked a multi-vehicle backup on I-81 in Roanoke County after a tractor-trailer jackknifed and the cab disconnected from the trailer.

"A wrecker is on scene working to get the tractor-trailer re-connected, so the northbound lanes can be cleared and traffic can begin moving again. However, in the backup of traffic, there are two additional reported traffic crashes - one with minor injuries reported and the other with no reported injuries."

Troopers urged drivers to stay home.

"As the storm continues to cross the state, Virginians are still advised to avoid travel Sunday and overnight into Monday...especially along the Interstate 81 corridor," officials warned. "Open highways allow VDOT crews to safely and effectively treat the roads."

Troopers offered these tips for people who "MUST travel during the storm:"

  • Know Before You Go! Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions at www.511virginia.orgor download the VDOT 511 app. Do not call 911 or #77 for road conditions. Please leave these emergency lines open for emergencies only.
  • Clear ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle - car, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, commercial vehicle - before you travel.
  • Use your headlights - in rain and snow. Virginia law requires headlights on when your wipers are active.
  • Drive for conditions - slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Avoid distractions - put down the phone.
  • As the storm moves through the state, there will be an increased chance of encountering emergency vehicles assisting motorists. If it is safe to do so, carefully move over and give these responders plenty of room to safely work.

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