Virginia State Police had their hands full during this past weekend’s storm with snow- or ice-covered primary and secondary roads creating hazardous driving conditions. The storm dumped up to two feet of snow in some areas of Virginia. Through midnight Sunday, December 20, troopers responded to over 3,000 traffic crashes statewide, with personal injuries resulting from about 250 of them, and about 3,500 disabled vehicles. Overall, troopers responded to some 16,000 emergency calls for services during the storm. There were also two Virginia traffic-related fatalities owing to dangerous road conditions, one in Carrollton County and the other in Fauquier County. Neither of these drivers apparently were wearing their seat belts.
“By far this weekend’s snowstorm demanded one of the greatest emergency responses for State Police resources in years,” Col. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said. “The storm’s quick entry and accumulation across the western, central and northern regions of the state made for challenging conditions for motorists and emergency responders.” According to state police statistics, most of the reported crashes incurred in the Richmond area.
State police worked closely with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia National Guard, and Virginia Department of Emergency Management, as well as their local counterparts, to coordinate accident response and snow/ice removal. Motorists who were forced to abandon their cars on an interstate during the storm should contact the Virginia State Police as soon as possible about retrieving their vehicles.
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