Winter Storm Causes More Than 1,000 Accidents, 2 Deaths in Va.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The severe winter weather has resulted in more than 1,000 traffic accidents in Virginia over an 18-hour span, state police say.
Virginia State Police say state troopers responded to 1,095 crashes and 1,115 disabled vehicles between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Emergency dispatch centers fielded 4,052 calls for service during that same time span, authorities say.
The majority of crashes have only involved damage to vehicles and limited injuries, according to police.
Authorities say there have been two storm-related traffic deaths so far in Virginia.
One occurred Thursday morning in Loudoun County when a contract worker for the Virginia Department of Transportation was killed, police say. The driver, 32-year-old Lovo Guevara Geovany Arnoldo of Vienna, pulled off the road and was standing behind his truck when he was hit by the second VDOT truck. Geovany Arnoldo was taken to a hospital, where he died. The other driver was not injured.
Tthe second death happened Wednesday afternoon in Halifax County. State police investigators say the 55-year-old male victim was killed on Route 501 when his car was hit head-on by another vehicle. The victim’s wife was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe advises Virginians to stay off the roads until conditions improve.
Divisional breakdown of traffic crashes from 4 p.m. Wednesday through 11:30 a.m. Thursday:
- Richmond Division: 291 traffic crashes and 139 disabled vehicles…648 total calls for service.
- Culpeper Division: 80 traffic crashes and 103 disabled vehicles…328 total calls for service.
- Appomattox Division: 153 traffic crashes and 88 disabled vehicles…378 calls for service.
- Wytheville Division: 76 traffic crashes and 122 disabled vehicles…390 calls for service.
- Chesapeake Division: 183 traffic crashes and 83 disabled vehicles…513 calls for service.
- Salem Division: 134 traffic crashes and 197 disabled vehicles…581 calls for service.
- Fairfax Division: 78 traffic crashes and 172 disabled vehicles…510 calls for service.
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