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VSP provides update on accident statistics and disabled vehicles after storm

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) – From 12:01 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan.4, Virginia State Police soldiers said they responded to 43 traffic accidents and 111 disabled vehicles.

In addition to those numbers and at 10 a.m., Virginia State Police are currently at the scene of 14 traffic crashes statewide responding / assisting 44 broken down vehicles.

Figures for people with disabilities do not reflect vehicles stuck on the affected stretch of I-95 near Fredericksburg, Soldiers said. The majority of accidents continue to be vehicle damage. There were few injuries and no reported road fatalities related to the winter storm.

From 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Virginia State Police responded and cleared:

Richmond Division: 27 broken down vehicles and 5 traffic accidents

Culpeper Division: 11 broken down vehicles and 4 traffic accidents

Efforts remain underway by VDOT, VSP and local response agencies to continue clean-up operations of I-95 in the Fredericksburg area of ​​stranded and disabled vehicles. Also note:

· No accidents were reported on the affected section of Interstate 95.

· Motorists traveling on Interstate 95 today are advised to identify alternate routes before reaching Interstate closures. For those heading south, the freeway is closed at exit 152 (Dumfries Road) in Prince William County. For those heading north, the freeway is closed at Exit 104 (Carmel Church) in Caroline County. These locations are currently experiencing traffic congestion resulting from drivers not leaving the highway on previous occasions.

· In Prince William County, local firefighters and EMS are using expressways to reach stranded motorists and provide water, snacks and gasoline to those in need.

Appomattox Division: 13 broken down vehicles and 8 traffic accidents

Wytheville Division: 7 broken down vehicles and 4 traffic accidents

Chesapeake Division: 15 broken down vehicles and 5 traffic accidents

Salem Division: 13 broken down vehicles and 5 traffic accidents

Division of Fairfax: 25 broken down vehicles and 12 traffic accidents

VSP still advises motorists to avoid traveling on Interstate 95 through the Fredericksburg area, as well as other major and secondary roads still covered in snow and / or blocked by downed trees and debris. If you need to travel today:

  • Know before you go! Before you go, check Virginia road conditions at www.511virginia.org or download the VDOT 511 app.
  • Remove ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle – car, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, utility vehicle – before traveling.
  • Use your headlights – in the rain AND the snow.
  • Drive for conditions – slow down your speed and increase your travel distance between the vehicle in front of you.
  • Buckle up your belt.
  • Avoid distractions – put the phone down.
  • Do not call 911 or # 77 for road conditions. Please keep these lines open for emergency calls.

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