2 Troopers Hit In Icy Crashes

Two Troopers hit responding to crashes on slick roads

December 09, 2018 - 10:50 pm
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Richmond, VA _  Two Virginia State Police troopers have been struck due to vehicles losing control on Virginia's slick highways. Since the Governor of Virginia declared a State of Emergency Saturday (Dec. 8), Virginians have been advised to avoid travel during the storm. Yet, Virginia State Police have responded statewide to more than a thousand traffic crashes and just shy of 1,150 disabled/stuck vehicles between 12:01 a.m. Sunday and 10 p.m Sunday (Dec. 9, 2018). 

 

At 6:44 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 81 lost control at the 94 mile marker in Pulaski County and slammed into a trooper and his patrol vehicle. The trooper was seated inside his patrol car at the time of the crash. Fortunately, the trooper was not injured nor was the driver of the out-of-control vehicle. 

 

On Sunday at approximately, 7:11 p.m., a Virginia State Police Trooper was stopped with his emergency equipment activated assisting a disabled vehicle on the left hand shoulder of southbound I-95, at the 89.6 mile marker in Hanover County.  A 2003 GMC Yukon traveling southbound lost control and struck the trooper's vehicle in the rear.  The trooper was sitting inside of his vehicle at the time of impact sustaining minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.  No other injuries were reported.  (The attached photos are the property of the Virginia State Police, which permits for their publication/broadcast.)

 

This is why the Virginia State Police is still advising folks to delay travel unless absolutely necessary. The highways are still slick and snow-covered. As the temperatures drop overnight, roadways will freeze and turn even more dangerous.   

 

As of 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9), the Virginia State Police are responding to the following: 

 

Richmond Division:

16 Disabled Vehicles

25 Traffic Crashes

 

Culpeper Division: 

0 Disabled Vehicles

5 Traffic Crashes

 

Appomattox Division: 

13 Disabled Vehicles

3 Traffic Crash

 

Wytheville Division:

8 Disabled Vehicles

2 Traffic Crashes

 

Chesapeake Division:

3 Traffic Crashes

1 Disabled Vehicle

 

Salem Division: 

11 Disabled Vehicles

7 Traffic Crashes

 

Fairfax Division:

3 Disabled Vehicles

4 Traffic Crashes

 

The majority of the crashes continue to involve only damage to vehicles. There have been no reported fatal traffic crashes.