Police Caution Drivers on Dangerous Conditions
Lynchburg, VA - Driving conditions were rough on Wednesday, and got worse as day turned to night, and they froze over.
Lynchburg police say they responded to wrecks throughout most of the day, Wednesday, as sleet and freezing rain made for dangerous driving.
Police urged people to drive cautiously Wednesday; especially into the night, and for Thursday morning's commute.
You may head out and think these roads are fine, but it's that lack of caution that causes crashes.
Wednesday not only proved to be dangerous for drivers, but in at least one case, it was deadly.
In Campbell County, police say a car ran off the road and hit a tree, killing fourteen year old Katie Rivera, and sending two others to the hospital.
Another car in Lynchburg, veered off the road, after police say the driver hit a slick spot.
"Kind of progressed down the hill and then slid off, right where you see the marks going off to the side right behind the car. Slid off the road, wasn't able to control it at that point" described Lynchburg Police Department Traffic Officer, J.W. Blankenship.
Police say the driver of the car was lucky.
"Had she made it to the intersection, and slid through the stop sign, she could've gotten t-boned, or worse, ran across the intersection into a tree" said Blankenship.
"I try to avoid being out if at all possible. I've got two little ones and a wife, so obviously I've got a lot of people that would be affected if something happened" said one driver.
All day Wednesday, drivers dodged ice, freezing rain, and slick streets.
"It was near freezing, it was sleeting, it was raining, there was snow earlier this morning. Called my daughter and told her to not drive to West Virginia because she was going to be driving through it" said one woman.
"Typically, they run off the road and strike a guard rail, tree, pole, anything like that, that may be close to the road" said Blankenship.
Police caution, drivers should watch the weather and only head out if it is absolutely necessary. And more than anything, if driving in dangerous conditions, they say drivers must slow down.
"There's no control on ice. If you hit ice, rubber has no traction there. So it's going to be significantly slower, and when I say that I mean in the 10-20 mph range if that, just depending on the road condition" said Blankenship.