UPDATE 1/16/22 8:44 p.m.: As of this time the Virginia State Police have responded to 482 traffic crashes and 486 disabled vehicles, according to an update on a press release issued earlier on Sunday.
As of this time, the majority of incidents have not involved fatalities, only damage to vehicles.
Temperatures will continue to drop overnight and people are advised to stay off the highways until conditions improve, according to the update.
In the Wytheville Division, there are 72 disabled vehicles and 72 traffic crashes.
RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia State Police (VSP) say that they responded to 369 traffic crashes and 282 disabled vehicles between 12:01 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, according to a release.
The Wytheville Division reports that their area saw 55 disabled vehicles and 59 traffic crashes.
In Roanoke, the VSP is on the scene of a multi-vehicle backup on Interstate 81 where a tractor-trailer disconnected after jackknifing in the Northbound lanes near mile marker 134.
The release details one instance in Goochland County where a VSP trooper narrowly escaped injury after a car tried to pass the trooper and ended up losing control and sticking the patrol vehicle. This incident occurred on I-64 near mile marker 150, no injuries were reported.
The release from the VSP advises drivers to avoid traveling Sunday overnight into Monday, placing emphasis on not traveling on the Interstate 81 corridor. Clear highways make it easier for snow crews to more easily and effectively do their jobs clearing the roads.
The release included the total number of traffic incidents in the following divisions:
- 41 diasabled vheicles, 144 traffic crashes in the Richmond Division
- 68 disabled vehicles and 40 traffic crashes in the Culpeper Division
- 58 disabled vehicles and 49 traffic crashes in the Appomattow Division
- 72 disabled vehicles and 72 traffic crashes in the Wytheville Division
- 30 disabled vehicles and 42 traffic crashes in the Chesapeake Division
- 113 disabled vehciles and 70 traffic crashes in the Salem Division
- 104 disabled vehicles and 65 traffic crashes in the Fairfax Division
The release also offers some advice for those who must travel during winter weather such as checking virginia511.org for road conditions, driving for the conditions, avoiding distractions and more.