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RICHMOND, Va. -- Icy road conditions were blamed for at least dozens of crashes on Central Virginia interstates, according to Virginia State Police.

"[At 4:35 a.m.] we have approximately 25 crashes that are active within the 21 counties and four cities encompassing the Richmond Division. The majority of the crashes involve damage to vehicles and no injuries. Any injuries that have been reported have been minor," Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt Keeli Hill said. "The Virginia State Police are encouraging Drivers to use caution for potential black ice as they travel this morning especially on bridges, and overpasses."

Among the crashes, the right and center lanes were closed on Interstate 64 west near Staples Mill Rd. (mm 185) at 6 a.m., according to VDOT. The ramp to Staples Mill Rd. (Exit 185) was also closed.

Police offered the following advice to drivers:

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
MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

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