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Three dead in crashes across Virginia as roads remain slick and icy

ROANOKE, Va. (10 NEWS) - After the big snow storm hitting Virginia, Virginia State Police say slick and icy conditions still exist.

Drivers are asked to not be on the roads and as to allow VDOT to continue clearing them.

Virginia State Police troopers have responded to more than 230 traffic crashes and assisted 117 disabled/stuck motorists statewide since the middle of the night on Jan. 12.

The following breakdown covers the first 12 hours of Jan. 13:

•    Richmond Division: 89 traffic crashes, 21 disabled vehicles
•    Culpeper Division: 22 traffic crashes, 15 disabled vehicles
•    Appomattox Division: 16 traffic crashes, six disabled vehicles
•    Wytheville Division: Seven traffic crashes, two disabled vehicles
•    Chesapeake Division: 28 traffic crashes, 12 disabled vehicles
•    Salem Division: Nine traffic crashes, 11 disabled vehicles
•    Fairfax Division: 34 traffic crashes and 52 disabled vehicles

Since Saturday night, state police have investigated three deadly crashes:

•    Saturday - Pulaski County on Interstate 81 (Ronald Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died in the crash)
•    Sunday - Brunswick County on rural road (A 16-year-old boy from Alberta, Virginia, died in the crash that hospitalized another 16-year-old)
•    Sunday - City of Norfolk on Interstate 64 (Stephanie Jefferson, 27, of Norfolk, Virginia, died in the crash)

As of mid-day on Jan. 13, VSP troopers are on scene at 27 traffic crashes and nine disabled/stuck motorists:
•    Richmond Division: Five traffic crashes, one disabled vehicle
•    Culpeper Division: Four traffic crashes, two disabled vehicles
•    Appomattox Division: Seven traffic crashes, two disabled vehicles
•    Wytheville Division: One traffic crash, one disabled vehicle
•    Chesapeake Division: Five traffic crashes 
•    Salem Division: One traffic crash and one disabled vehicle
•    Fairfax Division: Three traffic crashes and four disabled vehicles

State police are reminding people to call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org for road conditions and not to call 911 or #77, as those two lines need to be kept open for emergency calls.


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