Police respond to hundreds of crashes, stuck cars

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have been running non-stop responding to crashes and stuck cars. Tow truck drivers are just as busy. The slick roads have been blamed for two deaths in the state and hundreds of crashes.

Police say a driver on I-295 in Henrico lost control when she and another driver tried to merge into the same lane at the same time. She's okay. Her truck needed a tow.

Problem areas aren't limited to the interstates. Dane Gibson got stuck in a ditch on a side street.

"There was a big dump truck, so I pulled on the side of the road, and when I pressed the gas I just sunk in," said Gibson.

After spinning wheels for 15 minutes, he called for help.

"I thought I could do it. To be honest I guess not," said Gibson.

It's all hands on deck at Fletcher's towing which has logged hundreds of calls.

"A lot of them are where they either get stuck in driveway or get out to a side road and can't get further," said Paul Fletcher.

State police are also out in force. Sgt. Thomas Molnar asks drivers to be mindful of the dangerous conditions and the consequences for not taking it slow.

"Just because it's snowing out here does not relieve you of that responsibility as a motorist," said Sgt. Molnar.

Fletcher says his team plays it safe.

"It takes a little bit longer to get to the person because we have to go slower," said Fletcher.

When helping others out of a bind. If you do get into an accident, state police say dial #77 and a trooper will be dispatched. Police stress that number is for emergencies only.

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