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Snow does "bang-up job" in causing accidents

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police fielded more than 2,000 emergency calls across the Commonwealth Wednesday, mostly for car accidents. Disabled cars were a common site during the morning commute. State police report snow and slush caused more than 220 crashes and nearly 100 stuck vehicles across the Richmond area, by midday.

"It's terrible. I haven't seen (the roads) like this for a long time," said Prince Yeboah, who says his pick-up truck careened into another car, which ran a red light near Brook Road.

"I tried to stop, but the car just slid," said Yeboah. His truck was towed.

Triple A responded to nearly 800 calls for help in Virginia by late afternoon. State police say the most common reason for accidents in bad weather, is people just driving too fast.

"Be careful and pay attention to what you're doing," commented Jimmy Burton, whose pick-up truck was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

"Somebody ran a stop light and hit me, and then pulled off and drove away," described Burton of the slippery crash.

State police report the snowstorm hasn't caused any fatal accidents as of early Wednesday evening. However, warnings will continue into the night, as temperatures drop, and the downfall freezes over. Winds are also expected to pick up, downing trees, branches and power lines.

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