Snow causes more than 110 crashes in Richmond area

Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There were many traffic problems from this morning's snow in Central Virginia.

The snow quickly piled up this morning and left for some scary moments, especially one driver on the Willey Bridge. The driver of this SUV lost control, rode the jersey wall and overturned. She was reportedly okay.

Since 5 a.m. this morning, the Virginia State Police troopers and supervisors have responded to over 150 crashes statewide and more than 110 crashes in the Richmond Metro Area, as of 11:30 a.m.  The biggest problem areas are along I-64 in Goochland and Louisa counties where troopers responded to at least 25 crashes.

A sinkhole opened in an alleyway in the 3900 block of Monument Avenue in the Museum District and there is a garbage truck in the hole. Authorities think the sinkhole is related to a water pipe nearby.

There is a water main break on Hilliard Road near Impala Drive that has shut down the right lane of westbound Hilliard Road in Henrico County.  The county does not know when the main will be repaired or how many people and businesses are without water.

Overall, state police worked more than 75 accidents in the metro area.

VDOT reports that crews continue to apply salt and abrasives to slick spots around the region, focusing their attention on secondary routes where some snow and ice remain on the roadway. Interstates and primary routes are clear.

The temperature is expected to fall below freezing tonight. As a result, any moisture remaining on the roadways will freeze and create dangerous driving conditions.

In addition, frigid temperatures during morning rush hour tomorrow are expected to result in slick driving conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps. VDOT crews will continue to apply salt to melt ice and sand for traction overnight and tomorrow, however drivers are encouraged to use caution and reduce their speed.

There were many school closings west of Richmond and several area schools opened on two-hour delays Monday.

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