VSP handle 442 crashes statewide; 128 in southwest, central Virginia over 21 hours Thursday

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With more winter precipitation in the forecast for the overnight hours, Chaos encouraged motorists to avoid traveling on Thursday, Feb. 18. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

(WFXR) — Over the span of 21 hours on Thursday, Virginia state troopers found themselves at the scenes of more than 750 crashes and disabled vehicles along the Commonwealth’s icy, snowy roads.

According to Virginia State Police, state troopers were dispatched to 442 traffic crashes and helped 310 disabled/stuck motorists from midnight to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

While most of those crashes only damaged vehicles, police say there was a single-vehicle fatal crash in Caroline County that does not appear to be related to the weather.

In addition, between midnight and 9 p.m. on Thursday, state troopers say they responded to 128 crashes and 100 disabled vehicles in the following local divisions:

  • Appomattox Division: 47 crashes and 28 disabled vehicles
  • Wytheville Division: 27 crashes and 30 disabled vehicles
  • Salem Division: 54 crashes and 42 disabled vehicles

If you cannot avoid travel during winter storms like this, Virginia State Police ask that you practice the following safe traffic tips:

  • Clear any snow from all your windows and lights before heading out.
  • Make sure the driver and all the passengers are buckled up.
  • Drive distraction free, so put down the phone and the coffee, put both hands on the wheel, and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Slow your speed for the conditions.
  • Use your headlights to increase your visibility and help other drivers see you better.
  • Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.

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