Virginia motorists have tough time in snow

VIRGINIA -       We checked on road conditions in the Commonwealth.

     Virginia state police tell us across the state, they have had 5,220 calls for service, 1,358 crashes, and 1,417 reports of vehicles stuck in the snow.

     Here in our region of southwest Virginia, there have been 662 calls for service, 116 crashes, and 194 disabled vehicles.

      Virginia State Police are attributing two deaths to a winter storm that left many roads treacherous and troopers busy responding to more than 2,200 crashes and disabled vehicles statewide.

     One death occurred in Halifax County on Wednesday as the storm swept into Southside Virginia. 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.

     In northern Virginia, state police say a state-contracted truck driver clearing snowy roads died early Thursday after he was struck by another VDOT truck.

     They are asking everyone to stay off the roads overnight until conditions improve. Virginians are also advised not to call 911 or #77 on a cell phone for road conditions. Emergency lines must be kept open for real emergencies requiring police, fire, and medical response. For information about road condition,s please call 511 or go to

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