State Police responds to 150+ traffic crashes in area; no serious injuries reported

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Police has responded to 154 traffic crashes within the 21 counties and four cities that make up the Richmond Division.

State Police reports that the majority of the crashes have been minor.

“The majority of the crashes only involve damage to vehicles and no injuries. Any injuries that have been reported have been minor,” said State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill

There have been no reported fatalities.

The traffic crashes are from 4:00 p.m. Friday until around 10 p.m. Friday night.

VDOT winter weather response

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to clear Virginia roads as conditions worsen across the Commonwealth.

“Our road clearance priorities run from interstates, to primary routes, to secondary and neighborhood routes,” said VDOT Spokesperson Bethanie Glover. “The goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end and passable doesn’t necessarily mean bare pavement.”

Across 14 counties. VDOT has 62,000 tons of salt and 23,000 tons of sand to load onto 1200 pieces of equipment during the storm.

VDOT says they did not pretreat the roads in the afternoon, rather they wanted to wait until the snow accumulated over the course of the evening to clear them.

The department said crews are now working 12 hour shifts to clear the roads and keep Virginians safe. They added that some of their crews are resting for their overnight shift.

VDOT is warning commuters to stay safe on the roadways and limit unnecessary travel.