Snow safety update: Fatal crash on Crest Hill Rd, near Marshall; slick night ahead

Virginia State Police
A state trooper in Greene County earlier today. Virginia State Police

An update from Virginia State PolicePublic Relations Director Corinne N. Geller:

As temperatures start dropping through the evening, Virginians are advised to be extra cautious for icy road conditions. Virginians are still being asked to avoid unnecessary travel, if at all possible…especially overnight.

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15), Virginia State Police are on scene of 37 traffic crashes statewide and responding to an additional 9 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.

From midnight Monday (Feb. 15) through 2 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15), Virginia State Police troopers and supervisors have responded to 538 traffic crashes and 347 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth. At this time there has been only one reported traffic fatality, which occurred Monday morning in Fauquier County. The majority of crashes have involved only damage to vehicles and on injuries.

From 12 a.m. through 2 p.m. Monday:

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)

Traffic Crashes=111         Disabled Vehicles:43

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)

Traffic Crashes=66           Disabled Vehicles: 31

  • Fauquier County: At 6:59 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in Fauquier County. A 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling west on Crest Hill Road, near Ada Road, when it crossed the centerline and struck head-on an eastbound snow plow. The driver of the SUV, Steven H. Gibbs, 63, of Linden, Va., died at the scene. The driver of the snow plow was not injured in the crash. Speed and slick road conditions were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation at this time. Crest Hill Road was re-opened by 9:40 a.m. Monday.
  • Frederick County: No additional updates available on this crash. 

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)

Traffic Crashes=46           Disabled Vehicles: 29

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)

Traffic Crashes=51           Disabled Vehicles: 77

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)

Traffic Crashes=126         Disabled Vehicles: 32

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)

Traffic Crashes=68           Disabled Vehicles: 64

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)

Traffic Crashes=70           Disabled Vehicles: 71

Drivers are also advised NOT to call 911 or #77 to find out about road conditions. These phone lines must remain clear for real emergencies. Call 511 for road conditions or click on

If you do HAVE to travel, then please keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Bridges freeze first!
  • Clear off ALL snow from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights
  • Add extra time to reach travel destination
  • Slow speed for road conditions
  • Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
  • Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
  • MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.
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