More than 300 Wrecks Reported As Snow Hits Virginia

Heavy snow brought slippery conditions to Virginia and north eastern North Carolina today, leading to dozens of wrecks.

Virginia State Police reported that troopers responded to 1,124 calls for service across the Commonwealth between 12 a.m. and noon Saturday. Police reported 325 traffic crashes and 322 disabled vehicles.

One of the most serious incidents was a head-on crash involving a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff at about 5 a.m. The deputy suffered serious injuries but they were not life-threatening.

Caroline County deputy hurt in a crash

A Caroline County deputy was injured in a head-on crash (Virginia State Police)

During last year’s snowstorm Hampton Road saw a large number of wrecks. It’s also one of the busiest regions for first responders today. There were 84 crashes and 103 disabled vehicles reported by noon on Saturday.

The snowy and icy conditions caused many closures. In Virginia Beach, the Lesner Bridge was closed for a few hours on Saturday morning due to ice. Typically, ice forms first on bridges.

There are numerous closures of small roads across the region with snowfalls of about four inches reported in Hampton Roads. Snow is set to keep falling until later Saturday afternoon.

Other road closures and restrictions include:

  • Reduced speed limits of 25 mph on the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the I-664 Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.
  • A 45 mph speed limit on the James River Bridge.
  • A reduced service on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry.
  • The closure of overpasses on Denbigh Blvd, Oyster Point, and Bland Boulevard in Newport News.
  • The closure of the flyover ramp from I-64 eastbound to I-264 eastbound in Virginia Beach.

With numerous closures across Hampton Roads, there are few reasons to get on the slippery roads. Conditions will remain extremely hazardous until the snow stops falling later today and even then low temperatures will mean ice will linger.

You should stay at home unless it’s vital that you get on the roads. Read our tips for driving in snowy conditions.

If you are injured by a driver who fails to adapt to the conditions by driving too fast, skidding or driving recklessly, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Call our Virginia car accident lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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