Snow causes hundreds of crashes on Virginia roadways

Snow causes hundreds of crashes on Virginia roadways

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 1:53 PM

HAMPTON ROADS-- Slick roads led to a number of crashes Friday as an early afternoon snowstorm hit the most populated areas of Hampton Roads just before afternoon rush hour. 

Some motorists said they sat in traffic for two hours trying to get out of Norfolk. 

VDOT says a series of small crashes created big backups in both directions on I-464 headed toward Chesapeake.  In some places there was a two-mile backup as accidents blocked lanes on the Interstate and cars slipped off the roadway onto the median and into guardrails.

Routes normally congested during rush hour in fair weather were backed up for miles with motorists able to drive only at a slow crawl.

In Suffolk, there were more than a dozen crashes and eastbound lanes of Route 58 were backed up nearly 5 miles.

At 8 p.m. three exit ramps on Route 58 were closed due to ice;  the eastbound ramp from Prudent Boulevard, the westbound ramp from Downtown Suffolk, and and the on and off ramps at Godwin Blvd.

Across Virginia, State Police reported more that 250 crashes by 4:45 p.m.

In the Chesapeake District, which includes all of Hampton Roads, State Police said there were at least 17 crashes, 24 disabled vehicles, and 172 calls for service. 

VDOT recommends that drivers stay off the roads if possible.

There were no reports of injuries.

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