Virginia State Police Reports Almost 1200 Crashes Since Sunday

Metro RVA & Western & SWVA Leading State in Crashed & Stuck Vehicles – Virginians Advised to Still Please be Patient & Stay Off the Roads

VSP continues to respond to calls for crashed and disabled vehicles in the regions most impacted by Sunday’s snow. As of 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10), the state police Richmond and Wytheville divisions were leading the state with the most traffic crashes.

Out of the 1,177 total traffic crashes statewide since 12:01 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 9) through 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10) that Virginia State Police personnel have responded to….
– 398 traffic crashes have occurred in the Richmond -Division
– 279 traffic crashes have occurred in the Salem Division

Fortunately the majority of those crashes have involved only damage to vehicles and there are still no reported traffic-related deaths in Virginia.

Disabled/stuck vehicle calls have dominated the calls for service = 1,589 statewide:
– 356 disabled vehicles in the Richmond Division
– 488 disabled vehicles in the Wytheville Division

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are still advising motorists to delay travel. Main roads and interstates may be clear, but secondary and rural routes are still snow-covered, slick and – in many cases – impassable. The majority of vehicles getting stuck are on secondary roads and neighborhood entrances. Please continue to be patient and allow VDOT vehicles access to treat and clear these secondary roads and intersections.

Downed trees and debris are also causing hazardous conditions on Virginia’s roadways, especially in the western parts of the Commonwealth. As of 10 a.m. Monday, state police have responded to 119 calls for downed trees/debris in the roadway. Attached is a photo of a downed tree taken Monday morning in Patrick County & another of one of our trooper’s vehicles taken Monday morning also in Patrick County, VA – where 18 inches of snow has fallen and drifts are up to 3 feet in some places.

Slick road conditions have also been responsible for several Virginia troopers being struck. As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, four troopers have been struck by vehicles losing control on slick highways. The latest occurred at 7:39 a.m. Monday (Dec. 10), when Master Trooper K.S. Holt’s patrol car was struck by a vehicle that lost control on the icy Interstate 95 overpass at the 46 mile marker in Prince George County, Va. Neither the trooper nor the other driver was injured. The other instances where troopers have been struck occurred on Interstate 295 in Henrico County, Interstate 95 in Hanover County and Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

If you do have to travel, then please check road conditions before leaving by going to www.511virginia.org or calling 511 or downloading the app. Know before you go!