Despite snow flurries and icy roads, few problems reported
Published 8:40 am Saturday, January 17, 2015
Hazardous driving conditions on roadways throughout Western Tidewater kept law enforcement agencies on their toes Tuesday evening and well into the day on Wednesday, as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm advisory. With no major problems, though, the threat of freezing rain and sleet was good practice in case of any significant storms later in the season.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said troopers responded to two accidents, both involving a single vehicle, early Wednesday morning. Anaya was unable to provide data for Tuesday evening, as the storm first hit the area; however, she said that the first accident occurred at 5:08 a.m. on Rte. 58 westbound in Southampton County.
The second incident occurred just before sunrise, northbound on the James River Bridge in Isle of Wight County.
Lisa Martin, executive assistant to the sheriff in Isle of Wight, noted that there were two additional accidents that occurred within their jurisdiction on Tuesday night, but explained that they were not related to the storm.
The first involved a single car hitting a deer, and the subsequent incident was a lone vehicle that drove into a ditch. Neither resulted in injuries.
Franklin Police Captain Tim Whitt, meanwhile, was happy to report that no accidents occurred on the roadways within city limits. The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.