Police: Car accidents increase during snow fall Wednesday
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.
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.
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.
Those who do have to travel today are advised to do the following:
- Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.
- Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.
- Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
- Slow speed for conditions.
- Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
- Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.