State Police respond to more than 600 hundred traffic crashes
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RICHMOND – Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers report that they fielded more than 3,118 calls for service as Wednesday’s storm system moves out of the Commonwealth.
On Wednesday, from midnight to 9 p.m., statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 659 traffic crashes and 571 disabled vehicles. State police dispatchers fielded more than 1,240 additional calls for assistance and other information.
The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only.
Later in the evening, police said that State Troopers had about 25 calls for service, with only six of those being traffic crashes and another six for disabled vehicles.
The following is a breakdown of calls for service by Virginia State Police from midnight through 9 p.m.Wednesday:
Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
Traffic Crashes=248 Disabled Vehicles=149 Total Calls for Service=750
Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
Traffic Crashes=118 Disabled Vehicles=137 Total Calls for Service=538
Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
Traffic Crashes=138 Disabled Vehicles=65 Total Calls for Service=396
Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
Traffic Crashes=21 Disabled Vehicles=29 Total Calls for Service=289
Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
Traffic Crashes=60 Disabled Vehicles=40 Total Calls for Service=396
Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)
Traffic Crashes=42 Disabled Vehicles=54 Total Calls for Service=355
Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)
Traffic Crashes=32 Disabled Vehicles=97 Total Calls for Service=394
State Police, and VDOT, remind motorists that roads will be slick through the night and into the morning hours on Thursday. For their safety, drivers are advised to delay travel in the morning, if possible.
If having to travel, drivers are reminded to do the following:
- 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
- Call 511 for road conditions or click on http://www.511virginia.org – not 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only