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Police: Car accidents increase during snow fall Wednesday

Route 29 in the community of Hurt, Va., in Pittsylvania County (State Police)

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

State Police said at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, troopers had responded to 268 crashes statewide and 126 disabled vehicles.

In the Appomattox division there have been eight additional crashes since 10:15 a.m. and in the Wytheville division there have been 25 crashes since then as well.

Police said the majority of the crashes has only involved damage to vehicles.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Highways across much of western and central Virginia continue to be impacted by the falling snow on Wednesday.

Virginia State Police troopers are responding to 61 traffic crashes and 6 disabled vehicles statewide. 33 of those 61 traffic-related crashes are in the Appomattox and Salem area.

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Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)

  • Traffic Crashes: 16

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)

  • Traffic Crashes: 17

The majority of the traffic crashes reported only involve damage to vehicles.

For road conditions, Virginians are reminded to use the VDOT 511 system. Please do not call 911 or #77 to ask about road conditions, as these are emergency numbers and need to remain open to emergency calls.

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Those who do have to travel today are advised to do the following:

  1. Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.
  2. Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.
  3. Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  4. Slow speed for conditions.
  5. Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
  6. Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.
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