Virginia State Police respond to 324 traffic crashes during winter storm

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-13 19:12:04-05

Virginians are advised to avoid traveling overnight as temperature begin to drop. Treacherous conditions will be created for motorists as wet and/or snow-covered roads ice-over across the Commonwealth.

Loudoun County, Route 267. Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police.

Conditions today have ranged from snow-covered highways along the I-81 corridor and Northern Virginia to heavy rain across eastern and southern Virginia.

From 12 a.m. Sunday through 5:30 p.m., Virginia State Police troopers have responded to 324 traffic crashes and assisted 196 disabled/stuck motorists statewide.

The majority of crashes have involved only damaged vehicles.

In addition to those totals, state police troopers are currently investigating 44 traffic crashes and assisting 11 disabled vehicle across the state as of right now.

The state police Richmond Division has responded to the most traffic crashes; the state police Fairfax Division has responded to the most disabled/stuck vehicles. There has been one storm-related fatal crash.

From 12 a.m. Sunday thru 5:30 p.m. Sunday, state troopers have responded to:

Richmond Division: 107 traffic crashes & 29 disabled vehicles
Culpeper Division: 40 traffic crashes & 30 disabled vehicles
Appomattox Division: 28 traffic crashes & 13 disabled vehicles
Wytheville Division: 12 traffic crashes & 4 disabled vehicles
Chesapeake Division: 49 traffic crashes & 21 disabled vehicles
Salem Division: 18 traffic crashes and 18 disabled vehicles
Fairfax Division: 68 traffic crashes and 81 disabled vehicles

VSP has investigated three fatal crashes since Saturday night (January 12):

1/12/19 – Pulaski County on Interstate 81 (1 fatality) – STORM-RELATED
1/13/19 – Brunswick County on rural road (1 fatality – 16-year-old male passenger)
1/13/19 – City of Norfolk on Interstate 64 (1 fatality)

Virginia State Police want to remind Virginians to please call 511 or go to this website for road conditions and not 911 or #77. Emergency lines need to stay open for emergency calls.