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Watch out! These roads are slick!

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Tuesday night’s weather made for a tough commute for drivers out on the road.

Around 8:30 p.m. a driver going northbound on Interstate 95 stopped along the shoulder of the interstate to fix his windshield wipers.

When he was outside, an officer on scene told CBS 6 that a tractor-trailer struck the passenger, however, Sgt. Thomas Molnar with VSP said the tractor-trailer hit the passenger car which caused the vehicle to hit the driver trying to fix his windshield wipers.

The man hit suffered non-life threatening injuries, but police on scene tell CBS 6 he had complaints of back and foot injuries.

That crash is a reminder for drivers just how dangerous the roads can be when the snow starts falling.

Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic said the best advice is to stay off the roads in these kinds of conditions.

But if you have to leave your house, Meade said the best advice is to drive slow on the roads, and make sure to leave plenty of cushion around your car so if you need to stop you won’t be sliding into things.

As snow continues to fall across the Richmond region, Virginia Department of
Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors will be working around the clock to
treat and clear state-maintained routes.

Snow is expected to continue through early morning hours. Due to frigid temperatures, any moisture remaining on roadways will likely freeze, especially on untreated roads, bridges and overpasses.

Drivers are encouraged to delay or limit travel until roads are
passable, if possible.

During a winter storm, VDOT first treats roads with salt to melt snow/ice and sand to
provide traction. Crews begin plowing when one to two inches of snow has
accumulated on the road. Even when roads have been treated, drivers must reduce their speed. VDOT’s goal is to have roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends.

Drivers are encouraged to call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org before traveling.

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