Bad Weather Causes More than 770 Crashes in Virginia

Dozens of wrecks were reported on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Hampton Roads as drivers skidded on snow and ice.

In one of the most serious crashes, a car flipped off Interstate 264 in Norfolk on Sunday, sending a driver and a passenger to the hospital.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya, Virginia State Police spokeswoman, said troopers were called out to investigate a single-vehicle crash at 6:56 p.m. A black 2012 Infiniti G37x flipped over the jersey wall while heading eastbound on I-264, west of Campostella Road, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

State police said the driver lost control of the vehicle. It skidded and hit a shoulder banked with snow. The vehicle rode the snow and flipped over the jersey wall.

It landed on its roof beneath the interstate at Park Avenue and Harbor Park.

Police said the driver complained of neck and back pain and the passenger was checked out at a local hospital. The 26-year-old driver was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

On Monday, several crashes caused major delays on I-64. A crash closed down all westbound traffic on the Norfolk side of Interstate 64 at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) for several.

VDOT officials said motorists should expect a “lengthy shutdown” because of the crash. It’s not clear if the crash involved any injuries.

Traffic cameras showed emergency vehicles on the bridge on Monday morning. A detour was set up at 4th View for motorists.

More than 24 hours after the snow stopped falling on Monday, many roads remained in bad shape. Many residential streets in Hampton Roads remained slippery and school districts in the seven cities announced closures into Tuesday.

As of  6 p.m. on Sunday, Virginia State Police report 772 crashes in the Commonwealth since the storm began Friday night. Only one of the accidents was fatal.

The fatality occurred in Greene County. An SUV ran off the road, hit another vehicle and overturned into a creek. The DUV driver later died of his injuries.

With the ice still lingering on residential roads, please exercise care driving and keep your speed down. If you have been injured in a wreck over the weekend due to the fault of another driver, call (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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