State Police respond to thousands of crashes, disabled vehicles during winter weather

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State Police were quite busy on Wednesday and Thursday. They responded to thousands of traffic crashes and disabled vehicles across the state during the winter storm.

From 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 12) through 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb.13), Virginia State Police state police emergency dispatch centers fielded 4,052 calls for service. During that same 12-hour period, state troopers responded to 1,095 traffic crashes and 1,115 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, there were 61 traffic crashes actively being worked by troopers statewide.

The majority of crashes investigated by state police have only involved damage to vehicles and no injuries. However, there were two storm-related fatal traffic crashes.

The first occurred Wednesday in Halifax County and the second occurred early Thursday morning in Loudoun County.

Virginians are still advised to stay off the roads until conditions improve.

Virginians are also advised not to call 911 or #77 on a cell phone for road conditions.

Emergency lines must be kept open for real emergencies requiring police, fire, and/or medical response.

To find information about road conditions (and this applies to media, too), please call 511 or go to http://www.511virginia.org.

Divisional breakdown of traffic crashes from 4 p.m. Wednesday thru 4 p.m. Thursday:

Richmond Division: 307 traffic crashes and 157 disabled vehicles…745 total calls for service.

Culpeper Division: 89 traffic crashes and 129 disabled vehicles…397 total calls for service.

Appomattox Division: 166 traffic crashes and 115 disabled vehicles…472 calls for service.

Wytheville Division: 100 traffic crashes and 157 disabled vehicles…514 calls for service.

Chesapeake Division: 188 traffic crashes and 96 disabled vehicles…609 calls for service.

Salem Division: 151 traffic crashes and 250 disabled vehicles…699 calls for service.

Fairfax Division: 97 traffic crashes and 212 disabled vehicles…633 calls for service.

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