Police respond to dozens of crashes as winter weather hits Central Virginia

Sunday storm headlines: Light rain/freezing rain through the afternoon

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia State Police have been responding to dozens of crashes across Central Virginia, as well as the rest of the state, as winter weather blankets the region.

As of between midnight and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, troopers have responded to 324 traffic crashes across the state and assisted 196 disabled/stuck vehicles.

  • Richmond Division: 107 traffic crashes and 29 disabled vehicles
  • Culpeper Division: 40 traffic crashes and 30 disabled vehicles
  • Appomattox Division: 28 traffic crashes and 13 disabled vehicles
  • Wytheville Division: 12 traffic crashes and four disabled vehicles
  • Chesapeake Division: 49 traffic crashes and 21 disabled vehicles
  • Salem Division: 18 traffic crashes and 18 disabled vehicles
  • Fairfax Division: 68 traffic crashes and 81 disabled vehicles

There have been three deadly crashes state police were called to since Saturday night.

  • 1/12/19 - Pulaski County on Interstate 81 (1 fatality) - Storm-related
  • 1/13/19 - Brunswick County, where a 16-year-old was killed
  • 1/13/19 - City of Norfolk on Interstate 64 (1 fatality)

Virginia State Police are also urging drivers, along with VDOT, to stay off the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary.

As off noon on Sunday, troopers were on the scene of 27 crashes and nine disabled/stuck vehicles.

  • Richmond Division: Five traffic crashes and one disabled vehicle
  • Culpeper Division: Four traffic crashes and two disabled vehicles
  • Appomattox Division: Seven traffic crashes and two disabled vehicles
  • Wytheville Division: One traffic crash and one disabled vehicle
  • Chesapeake Division: Five traffic crashes 
  • Salem Division: One traffic crash and one disabled vehicle
  • Fairfax Division: Three traffic crashes and four disabled vehicles

If you must travel, state police ask you use the following precautions:

  • Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights…and use your headlights to make yourself more visible
  • 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 tow trucks.

For real-time roadway conditions, click here.

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