Slow down: Police respond to hundreds of wintry weather crashes across the state

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With winter weather impacting the roads in Virginia through rain, sleet and snow — Virginia State Police troopers have had to respond to hundreds of traffic crashes across the Commonwealth.

Police attribute the causes of a majority of the crashes to motorists driving too fast for the weather conditions.

State troopers have responded to a total of 559 traffic crashes and aided 522 disabled motorists from 12:01 a.m. through 12:26 p.m. Monday.

From the same time window, police have responded to 52 disabled vehicle crashes and 108 traffic crashes in the Richmond area.

At 3:50 p.m. on Monday, state police said they had responded to 2,000 calls for service. As of 4:06 p.m. troopers were at the scene of 72 ongoing crashes and 69 disabled vehicles.

State police said that by 8:30 p.m. there had been 178 disabled vehicles and 280 crashes in the Richmond region. Calls for service went up to 2,600.

There are no reported fatalities from crashes at this time.

Earlier this morning, state police responded to a jackknifed tractor-trailer that was blocking the westbound lanes on I-64 at the 168 mile-marker in Goochland County. There were no injuries and the tractor-trailer was hauling 18,000 pounds of plastic furniture.

On Route 29 in Lovingston, Virginia State troopers, Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies and VDOT crews worked for hours to free more than a dozen stuck and disabled tractor-trailers.

Downed trees across the area also impeded traffic, with crews on I-64 east of Charlottesville struggling to clear them due to strong winds causing more trees to fall.

Police in Bedford, Virginia are urging drivers to stay off the roads after on of their own officers slid off the roadway on Monday. Her vehicle flipped down an embankment. Luckily, the officer was okay.

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