Light Snowfall Dusts Roads, Schools Open Late

vdot-snowplowA light snowfall left a dusting on roads in the Fairfax area but most activities are proceeding as scheduled. There were, however, numerous traffic accidents, including what might best be termed a serial crash on I-95 in Prince William County.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Dixon was investigating a three-vehicle crash that had occurred in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 150A in Prince. Also stopped at the scene was a second trooper and a VDOT Safety Services Patrol vehicle. No one was injured in this crash.

At 8:34 a.m., a Nissan Frontier ran off the road and struck Trooper Dixon’s vehicle and two of the three vehicles in the original crash. Trooper Dixon was seated inside his vehicle at the time of the crash. Both the trooper and driver of the Nissan Frontier have gone to Potomac Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At 8:40 a.m., a southbound 2004 Ford Ranger was making a lane change when the driver lost control and slid sideways into the VDOT Safety Services vehicle. The impact of that crash caused the VDOT truck to strike the Safety Services Patroller who was standing outside his vehicle. The Ranger then struck the other trooper’s patrol car. The Safety Services Patroller has been transported to Potomac Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ranger, Robert Craig, 65, of Fredericksburg, was not injured in the crash. Craig has been charged with reckless driving.

Activities & schools

Here is a roundup from Fairfax County:

County and School Status

·     Fairfax County Government offices are open today, â€“ Jan. 24 –, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.

·     All Fairfax County public schools will open two hours late today. All offices will open on time. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will open on time.

·     The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

·     If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

·     For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.

·     The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

·     Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page atwww.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.

·     For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, press 8; TTY 711, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

Libraries

·     Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go towww.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

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Truman Lewis
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