State Police respond to over 1K crashes, 900 disabled vehicles across Commonwealth Monday

Police respond to 30 crashes, 11 disabled vehicles in Chesapeake
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Posted at 11:28 AM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 07:39:11-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - State Police is asking everyone to avoid driving Monday if possible as snow, sleet, and rain fall across the Commonwealth.

They say the drive is not worth the risk of a crash, getting stuck, injury to your/passenger, or the cost of a repair.

From 12:01 a.m. Monday through midnight Monday, Virginia State Police responded to 988 reports of disabled/stuck vehicles and 1,002 traffic crashes. The majority of the crashes continue to involve only damage to vehicles.

According to officials, the majority of the crashes have involved only damage to vehicles. There have been no reported fatalities at this time and few injuries.

From 12:01 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police had responded to and cleared:

  • Richmond Division: 134 Disabled Vehicles & 207 Traffic Crashes
  • Culpeper Division: 57 Disabled Vehicles & 25 Traffic Crashes
    • VSP continues to respond to numerous tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles that became stuck/disabled on Interstate 95 near the Rappahannock River bridge and Fredericksburg. There were a few minor crashes, too; but no injuries were reported. Due to the heavy snowfall concentrated in that area, road conditions rapidly turned treacherous for commercial and passenger vehicles. VSP troopers, wreckers, and VDOT crews continue to work as quickly as the weather and roads will safely permit to get stuck vehicles cleared and traffic moving again on I-95
  • Appomattox Division: 104 Disabled Vehicles & 97 Traffic Crashes
  • Wytheville Division: 74 Disabled Vehicles & 49 Traffic Crashes
  • Chesapeake Division: 21 Disabled Vehicles & 96 Traffic Crashes
  • Salem Division: 116 Disabled Vehicles & 111 Traffic Crashes
  • Fairfax Division: 143 Disabled Vehicles & 68 Traffic Crashes

If one must travel it is important to know before you go. Check road conditions here or download the VDOT 511 app. Troopers remind motorists to clear snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood, and windows of the vehicle before driving.

Use your headlights in both the rain and snow. It is also important to drive for conditions by slowing speed when needed and increasing travel distance between vehicles ahead of you.

Troopers also remind drivers to avoid distractions and put down the phone. Do not call 911 or #77 for road conditions. State Police say those lines are needed to stay open for emergency calls.