Travel remains treacherous on icy Virginia roads

Virginia State Police reminds drivers — looks can be and are deceiving! Highways may appear to be clear, but slick and icy conditions still exist. Troopers are handling an accident involving a tractor-trailer that ran off the right side of northbound Route 29 near Beverly Ford Road in Culpeper County. The driver was not injured.

It’s one of at least 230 crashes — including three fatalities — and 117 disabled vehicles handled by the VSP today. Here is the tabulation from midnight until noon today:

Richmond Division: 89 traffic crashes & 21 disabled vehicles
Culpeper Division: 22 traffic crashes & 15 disabled vehicles
Appomattox Division: 16 traffic crashes & 6 disabled vehicles
Wytheville Division: 7 traffic crashes & 2 disabled vehicles
Chesapeake Division: 28 traffic crashes & 12 disabled vehicles
Salem Division: 9 traffic crashes and 11 disabled vehicles
Fairfax Division: 34 traffic crashes and 52 disabled vehicles

VSP has investigated three fatal crashes since Saturday night (Jan. 12):
1/12/19 – Pulaski County on Interstate 81 (1 fatality)
1/13/19 – Brunswick County on rural road (1 fatality – 16 yr old male passenger)
1/13/19 – City of Norfolk on Interstate 64 (1 fatality)

As of 12 p.m. Sunday, VSP troopers are on scene at 27 traffic crashes and nine disabled/stuck motorists:
Richmond Division: 5 traffic crashes & 1 disabled vehicles
Culpeper Division: 4 traffic crashes & 2 disabled vehicles
Appomattox Division: 7 traffic crashes & 2 disabled vehicles
Wytheville Division: 1 traffic crash & 1 disabled vehicle
Chesapeake Division: 5 traffic crashes & 0 disabled vehicles
Salem Division: 1 traffic crash and 1 disabled vehicle
Fairfax Division: 3 traffic crashes and 4 disabled vehicles

VSP reminds Virginians to please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not 911 or #77. We need to keep emergency lines open for emergency calls.

We are asking Virginians to delay their travel until later today. But, if you MUST travel…then please take the following safety precautions:

· Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights…and use your headlights to make yourself more visible

· Add extra time to reach travel destination

· Slow speed for road conditions

· Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance

· Buckle up and don’t drive distracted

· MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

The attached photo is the property of the Virginia State Police, which grants permission for its publication/broadcast.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police
(O) 804-674-2789
(C) 804-263-5547

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