Drivers slip, slide, crash on icy roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 7:03 PM

10:15 a.m. UPDATE:  Va. State Police tell WVEC.com that troopers responded to 41 accidents between noon and 9 a.m.; eight of the incidents were on the James River Bridge, said Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

9:08 a.m. UPDATE: Jordan Bridge has reopened.
8:10 a.m. UPDATE: Jordan Bridge sokesman Kevin Crum says he hopes the bridge will reopen in about an hour after crews salt the span. 
7:40 a.m. UPDATE: Jordan Bridge temporarily closed; post on its Facebook page says vehicles en route now to take care of some slick spots  
7:10 a.m. UPDATE:: James River Bridge is open in both directions. 
6:20 a.m. UPDATE:
James River Bridge is open Southbound. Northbound still closed, VDOT reports. Live traffic camera of JRB

Western Freeway (Rt. 164) closed at APM Terminals/Cedar Lane area due to ice, accidents, especially on the overpass, Portsmouth Police report. Rt. 164 Eastbound closed at APM terminals; Cedar Lane overpass is closed in both directions. Live traffic camera of Rt. 164
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NEWPORT NEWS -- The James River Bridge was closed early Wednesday because of icy conditions and accident.

VDOT shut down the span between Isle of Wight County and Newport News just before 3:30 a.m. and said it would be closed indefinitely.

Va. State Police responded to several crashes on both sides of the span and said no one was hurt in the incidents.

Newport News Police say one of their officers was hurt when he slipped and fell on the ice while responding to one of the accidents. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out but should be fine.

The icy conditions caused by the overnight freezing temperatures caused problems across Hampton Roads, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Drivers are hitting black ice, a thin, transparent coating of ice on the road. Drivers may believe the sheen is water and then they hit the patch of ice and skid.

If your rear wheels skid:
1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes.
Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid..
 1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

More winter driving tips here

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