Even with many schools delayed and workers warned to avoid travel if possible, Wednesday morning’s commute was eventful for Virginia State Police.
According to Corinne N. Geller, public relations director for VSP, Troopers were responding to 61 crashes and six disabled vehicle calls statewide.
In Division VII, which includes Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington counties, Troopers were actively working three crash scenes.
“The majority of the traffic crashes reported only involve damage to vehicles,” Geller said. There were no fatalities reported as of 10:15.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office had responded to 10 crashes between midnight and 11 a.m., according to Media Relations and Communications Manager Kraig Troxell. He said that compared to 12 crashes during the same time period Tuesday, and Troxell said it was hard to say how many crashes were weather-related.
“I think it is fair to say, due to temperatures remaining below freezing across the county, driver should be cautious on secondary and untreated roadways that may become slick, as the remain snow is likely to freeze and create icy areas,” Troxell said.
VSP Division VI in Salem was responding to the most crashes – 17, while the Division III staff out of Appomattox was working 16.
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.
VSP urges people who do have to travel today to take the following precautions:
• 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.