Sunday update: At least 5 storm-related deaths in Va.

Virginia State Police
Driving along Route 58 in Southampton County last night. Virginia State Police

From Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller:

Where the is sun is out…it’s helping melt the snow. But, many roads – especially secondary and rural routes – are still slick with packed-down and/or impassable due to snow drifts and significant accumulation. So we are still asking Virginians to be patient and delay unnecessary travel.

Duration of Storm: Since Friday (Jan. 22) through 11 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 24), Virginia State Police have responded to a total 6,883 calls for service…to include 1,427 traffic crashes and another 2,122 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth:

  • The Hampton Roads region has experienced the most traffic crashes with state troopers responding to 541 crashes in our Chesapeake Division.
  • Whereas the Metro-Richmond and Northern Virginia regions have had the most disabled, stuck vehicles. State Police Richmond Division responded to 588 disabled vehicles; VSP Fairfax Division responded to 568 disabled vehicles.

As of 1:30 p.m. today (Jan. 24), Virginia State Police are on the scene of 16 crashes and 12 disabled vehicles.

In addition…The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is the official authority to decide/declare “storm-related” deaths. According to the Virginia OCME, there have been five confirmed storm-related deaths in Virginia:

  • Traffic Fatality:

o   City of Chesapeake (Jan. 22)

  • Hypothermia –related:

o   City of Hampton (Jan. 22)

o   Wise County (Jan. 23)

o   Charles City County (Jan. 23)

o   Gloucester County (Jan. 23)

There have been two other fatal traffic crashes, both occurring in the city limits of Virginia Beach. The causes of both are still under investigation.

Pedestrian traffic…we appreciate folks not driving, but walking can also be very dangerous as people are forced to walk actually in the roads. If you DO have to walk, then please wear bright, reflective clothing…walk against traffic so you can see any oncoming vehicles…and do not walk distracted (no texting or earbuds). Also, be sure you dress for the temperatures to avoid frostbite.

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