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Crews respond to dozens of crashes

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State troopers, police and tow truck drivers responded to accidents across the Richmond area, early Sunday evening. Virginia State Police say troopers helped more than a hundred drivers in the first three hours of the storm.

"I had no idea that it was going to be this much snow, this slippery," said Kirk Jones, while his car was getting towed from a ramp onto the Midlothian Turnpike. Jones says he didn't take any chances after his car spun out.

"Once it started sliding, and I lost control… I didn't have any more traction…I just stopped at that point," described Jones.

The ramp was so snow-covered that the tow truck driver's vehicle slipped, as well. He was forced to put chains on the truck before he finished the job.

A driver slammed into Luz Parker's van on the Midlothian Turnpike, causing a dent in her bumper.

"We just heard the ‘boom,' and my husband got out of the car…He was asking if (the other driver) was okay," said Parker.

Stephen Bridges was on his way home to exchange his Mustang for his SUV. However, he crashed into a ditch off the side of the road.

"I fish-tailed about 300 feet…I only had ten feet more to go before I would have made it all the way up, and that front tire hit the ditch," described Bridges.

VDOT crews are working 12 hour shifts to keep the roads as safe as possible. Workers hit the roads early after the snow arrived a bit soon and heavier than expected. VDOT says their crews were over-prepared for any type of weather.

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