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Virginia State Police respond to hundreds of crashes, disabled vehicles during winter storm

As of 12:45 p.m. VSP has responded to 142 disabled vehicles and 162 disabled vehicles since...
As of 12:45 p.m. VSP has responded to 142 disabled vehicles and 162 disabled vehicles since 12:01 a.m.(Virginia State Police)
Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 1:58 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2022 at 8:58 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As the winter storm makes its way through the Commonwealth, Virginia State Police have responded to hundreds of crashes and disabled vehicles on Sunday.

Troopers say since midnight, they have responded to 482 traffic crashes and 486 disabled vehicles across the state. The majority of these crashes have only damaged vehicles and there haven’t been any fatalities at this time.

Here’s a breakdown of the crashes VSP responded to between 12:01 a.m - 8 p.m. Sunday

  • Richmond Division: 41 Disabled Vehicles & 144 Traffic Crashes

This morning, VSP alongside the Richmond Fire Department responded to 195 for a reported accident with an overturned vehicle. Crews arrived to find, a single-vehicle upside down. Troopers say all of the injuries were minor, and crews handled a patient refusal.

This crash occurred this morning on 195 in Richmond. Minor injuries were reported.
This crash occurred this morning on 195 in Richmond. Minor injuries were reported.(Hayden Lear)

At 1:40 p.m., In Goochland County a Virginia State Police trooper was traveling east on I-64 when a vehicle tried to pass the patrol car, then that vehicle lost control and struck the trooper’s patrol car at mile marker 150. Troopers say there were no injuries reported.

  • Culpeper Division: 68 Disabled Vehicles & 40 Traffic Crashes
  • Appomattox Division: 58 Disabled Vehicles & 49 Traffic Crashes
  • Wytheville Division: 72 Disabled Vehicles & 72 Traffic Crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 30 Disabled Vehicles & 42 Traffic Crashes
  • Salem Division: 113 Disabled Vehicles & 70 Traffic Crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 104 Disabled Vehicles & 65 Traffic Crashes

Troopers were on the scene of a multi-vehicle backup on I-81 in Roanoke County. Troopers say around 12:05 p.m., a tractor-trailer jackknifed and the cab disconnected from the trailer in the northbound lane at mile marker 134.

Two additional crashes occurred within the backup
Two additional crashes occurred within the backup(Virginia State Police)

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash in Goochland County. Police said a “Ford F-350 pickup truck towing a long trailer lost control, jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of I-64 and collided with a Toyota minivan.” Both vehicles stopped in the median. No injuries were reported.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash in Goochland...
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash in Goochland County.(Virginia State Police)

Crews are working to get the tractor-trailer reconnected. However, within the backup, there have been two additional crashes - one with minor injuries and the other with no injuries.

Interstate I-81 in Roanoke County
Interstate I-81 in Roanoke County(Virginia State Police)

At 3:25 p.m. Troopers responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Montgomery County. Troopers say four tractor-trailers and a pickup truck collided in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 127. Two minor injuries were reported, and the crash is still under investigation.

Drivers are being advised to avoid travel Sunday and overnight into Monday - especially along the Interstate 81 corridor.

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