State Police respond to hundreds of crashes as winter storm blankets Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police responded to hundreds of traffic crashes and disabled vehicles across the state as a winter storm blanketed the area and walloped most of the East Coast.

According to VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller, none of the crashes were fatal and the majority involved only damaged vehicles.

From Wednesday night to Friday morning, VSP said they responded to 437 traffic crashes and 592 disabled vehicles across Central Virginia and the Hampton Roads area.

State Police is asking people to delay travel if possible Friday, as roads that were cleared Thursday are still slick in many areas.

According to VDOT, bridges and overpasses, lightly-traveled secondary roads, intersections and crossovers are the most likely locations where drivers will encounter slick conditions. VDOT advises drivers to check road conditions using VDOT’s free 511 tools before hitting the roads.

State Police is also reminding Virginians of the following travel safety tips:

  • Clear off all snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
  • 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
  • Mover over for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

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