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Virginia Weather Conditions Lead to Multiple Fatal Accidents

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

Winter weather caused slick and dangerous driving conditions that led to fatalities on Virginia roadways.

Details about the Road Conditions in Virginia   

WSET News is reporting that three people died and several others were injured while driving during dangerous conditions on Virginia roadways.

State Police responded to the scene of two fatal traffic accidents – one in Chesterfield County and another Loudoun County. According to officials who responded to the scene of the accident, two troopers and a firefighter were hit after responding to a two-vehicle accident on Route 288 in Chesterfield County.

Emergency crews who responded to the scene say that two vehicles ran off the road and into the median. One of the drivers was taken from the scene for treatment of minor injuries.

At the accident, the other driver and passenger were standing in the median when another vehicle ran off Route 288 and crashed into them. The vehicle came to a stop after it hit the trooper’s patrol car, according to police, the impact of the accident threw one of the pedestrians into a Chesterfield County firefighter that was standing nearby. First responders say that pedestrian died at the scene of the accident.

The firefighter was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries and the other remaining pedestrian and trooper were taken to the hospital for serious injuries.

The names of the victims have not yet been released and the two accidents currently remain under investigation.

Other Accidents in the Area

State Police also say that they responded to another deadly two-vehicle accident Fauquier County on Monday morning. They say that a Chevy Suburban was traveling west on Crest Hill Road when it crossed the center line and hit a snow plow head-on.

The driver of the SUV, 63-year-old Steven Gibbs, died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the snow plow was not injured in the collision.

According to police, slick roads and icy conditions were factors in the accident.

As of 9:15 p.m. on Monday, Virginia State Police troopers said they had responded to about 97 traffic accidents in just the Richmond Division.

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends:

  • Practice cold weather driving techniques like remembering to steer into a skid, and remembering not to stomp on the brakes.
  • Always buckle up no matter the road conditions.
  • Slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. 


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