Officials are urging people to stay off the roads if they can as the snow continues to fall. The storm kept Virginia State troopers busy, expecially during last night’s commute. Between 4:00 p.m. yesterday and 4:00 a.m. today, state police fielded 2,249 calls for service. That included 841 traffic crashes and 515 disabled vehicles.
News Release from Virginia State Police:
From 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 12) through 4 a.m. Thursday (Feb.13), Virginia State Police state police emergency dispatch centers fielded 2,249 calls for service. During that same 12-hour period, state troopers responded to 841 traffic crashes and 515 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.
As of 6:30 a.m., there are 16 traffic crashes actively being worked by troopers statewide.
The majority of crashes investigated by state police have only involved damage to vehicles and no injuries. There were no reported traffic deaths during that time period.
Virginians are still advised to stay off the roads this morning and through today until conditions improve. Virginians are also advised not to call 911 or #77 on a cell phone for road conditions. Emergency lines must be kept open for real emergencies requiring police, fire, and/or medical response. To obtain information about road conditions (and this applies to media, too), please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org.
Divisional breakdown of traffic crashes from 4 p.m. Wednesday thru 4 a.m. Thursday:
Richmond Division: 229 traffic crashes and 85 disabled vehicles…437 total calls for service.
Culpeper Division: 65 traffic crashes and 51 disabled vehicles…199 total calls for service.
Appomattox Division: 139 traffic crashes and 61 disabled vehicles…276 calls for service.
Wytheville Division: 60 traffic crashes and 82 disabled vehicles…244 calls for service.
Chesapeake Division: 178 traffic crashes and 55 disabled vehicles…410 calls for service.
Salem Division: 126 traffic crashes and 117 disabled vehicles…425 calls for service.
Fairfax Division: 44 traffic crashes and 64 disabled vehicles…258 calls for service.