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UPDATE: Va. State Police respond to hundreds of crashes


RICHMOND (NEWS RELEASE) – Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers have fielded more than 764 calls for service as the ongoing storm system moves across the Commonwealth. The busiest regions Thursday (Jan. 17, 2013) have been in the Southwest Virginia and the New River Valley regions.

Statewide between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Virginia troopers responded to 135 traffic crashes and 138 disabled vehicles. State police dispatchers have fielded more than 400 additional calls for assistance and other information. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have been no reported traffic fatalities resulting from storm conditions.

As of 8:30 p.m., State Troopers are still handling 193 calls for service, with 99 of those being traffic crashes and another 65 for disabled vehicles.

The following is a breakdown of calls for service by Virginia State Police from 3 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17) through 8 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17):

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes=19              Disabled Vehicles=18                     Total Calls for Service=86


Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=3                Disabled Vehicles=7                       Total Calls for Service=32


Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)

Traffic Crashes=35              Disabled Vehicles=13                     Total Calls for Service=74


Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)

Traffic Crashes=34              Disabled Vehicles=53                     Total Calls for Service=208


Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes=10              Disabled Vehicles=13                     Total Calls for Service=63


Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)

Traffic Crashes=28              Disabled Vehicles=23                     Total Calls for Service=241

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=6                Disabled Vehicles=11                     Total Calls for Service=60


Those needing to travel overnight and tomorrow morning are advised…

  • State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use
  • Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling
  • 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
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