New traffic numbers show that there were more crashes but less traffic on Interstate 81 in the Roanoke Valley this Sunday, compared to the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.
Officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation Salem District pulled numbers from the Operations Center after the holiday weekend.
VDOT officials said there were 33 crashes reported on I-81 in the Salem District Sunday, compared to 18 reported crashes on that stretch of I-81 on the Sunday after last Thanksgiving.
Despite the apparent increase in crashes, VDOT numbers show that overall traffic numbers were down.
Traffic sensors counted around 61,900 vehicles on I-81 at mile marker 140 on Sunday, compared to 78,200 vehicles at the same location on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.
VDOT officials said the decline in reported traffic may be linked to drivers getting off the Interstate and using alternative routes to avoid congestion and backups due to crashes.