UPDATE: Virginia State Police respond to hundreds of traffic crashes over the weekend

(Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

UPDATE: Since the storm's arrival in Virginia, Virginia State Police troopers have responded to more than 660 traffic crashes and aided more than 900 disabled vehicles statewide (Time period: Midnight Saturday (Jan. 7) through 6 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 8)). As of 8:30 a.m., Sunday (Jan. 8), state troopers are aiding 15 stuck/disabled motorists and investigating three traffic crashes statewide.

State police have investigated one fatal crash, which occurred Saturday (Jan. 7) in Greene County.  Icy roads were a factor in that crash. Fortunately, the majority of crashes on Saturday involved only damage to vehicles.

Due to extremely cold temperatures and icy conditions, State Police are still encouraging drivers to be patient and stay off the roads until temperatures rise and the roads can be treated by VDOT. To check road conditions, please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for the latest road condition updates. Virginians are asked to keep 911 and #77 lines open for emergencies.


ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Officials say police troopers remain busy this evening as the temperatures continue to drop and roadways remain frozen. Virginia State Police are encouraging drivers to avoid traveling overnight and on through Sunday morning due to the continuing and very serious threat of black ice and treacherous road conditions. Any roads that thawed Saturday due to being cleared will refreeze tonight. Stuck, disabled vehicles continue to be the greatest problem on Virginia's highways.

Slick road conditions were a causative factor for a fatal crash in Greene County Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7). The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 12 p.m., when an SUV ran off Preddy Creek Road, struck another vehicle, ran off the road and overturned in a creek. The male driver of the SUV died at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. State police are still in the process of notifying next of kin.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, State Police have only one reported traffic fatality. Fortunately, the majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles.

From midnight Saturday through 6 p.m. Saturday, Virginia State Police have responded to 527 traffic crashes and 686 disabled vehicles statewide. During the same time period, Virginia State Police have received a total of 2,082 calls for service.

As of 6:15 p.m., troopers are still on scene of 16 traffic crashes and 23 disabled vehicles statewide.

From 12:00 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 7) - 6:00 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 7):

Division I-Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes= 170

Disabled vehicles=148

Following this morning's crash involving a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff, a 30-year-old Ruther Glen, Va., man has been arrested for DUI-1st offense, having a concealed weapon while intoxicated, and DUI maiming. Virginia State Police are investigating the head-on crash involving the Caroline County Deputy Sheriff that occurred on Ladysmith Road at 5 a.m. The man's pickup truck crossed the centerline and struck the deputy's marked vehicle. The deputy was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. Crash remains under investigation.

Division II-Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=33

Disabled Vehicles=30

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

Traffic Crashes=60

Disabled Vehicles=54

PHOTO taken Saturday afternoon at the Buckingham and Prince Edward County line by Trooper A.C.S. Goss

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)

Traffic Crashes=44

Disabled Vehicles=47

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes=120

Disabled Vehicles=292

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

Traffic Crashes=90

Disabled Vehicles=69

PHOTO: Jackknifed tractor-trailer along I-81 at the 167 mile marker in Botetourt County Saturday (Jan. 7) afternoon.

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=10

Disabled Vehicles=46

For road conditions, please call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org and not 911 or #77.