Accidents, incidents have been relatively minor

Published 12:10 pm Sunday, January 8, 2017

Four motor vehicle accidents, plus a car landing in a ditch, have occurred in Southampton County since yesterday’s snow. This is according to a report on Sunday morning from Maj. Gene Drewery of the Sheriff’s Office.
The vehicle that ended up in a ditch was on Route 671; the accidents were on Hicks Ford Road/58; Barhams Hill Road/58; Three Bees Road; and Seacock Chapel Road.
The EMS was called to Shady Book Trail, Dewey Street and Gene Circle.
The office got a call of an alarm at Meadow’s Express, which was a break-in. There was a report of a disturbance on Askew Street, and one of trespassing on Popes Station Road.
In Franklin, Lt. Tim Whitt of the city’s police department reported only one car that slid into a ditch, but there no injuries, and only minor damage to the vehicle.
Lt. Tommy Potter of the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office reported just before noon that there’s been “very minimal traffic on the roads [and] no significant reports of any crashes.”
He added that the “primary roads in good shape, but not so much for the secondary roads, and most are still covered in a sheet of snow and ice.”
Windsor Police Chief R.D. Riddle said early afternoon that officers have responded to four vehicle-related accidents overnight, but there were neither serious injuries or damage. He added that the primary roads of Routes 460 and 58 are decent, but the secondary roads remain hazardous.
All representatives have said at one time or another that residents have been heeding the calls for them to stay indoors and off the roads except in emergencies.
Corinne Geller, the public relations director for Virginia State Police, stated in a press release on Sunday morning that since the storm began, “troopers have responded to more than 660 traffic crashes and aided more than 900 disabled vehicles statewide from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. today. As of 8:30 a.m., state troopers are aiding 15 stuck/disabled motorists and investigating three traffic crashes statewide.”
She added that the VSP investigated one fatality on Saturday in Greene County, in which icy roads were a contributing factor.
“Fortunately, the majority of crashes on Saturday involved only damage to vehicles.
“Due to extremely cold temperatures and icy conditions, State Police are still encouraging drivers to be patient and stay off the roads until temperatures rise and the roads can be treated by VDOT. To check road conditions, please call 511 or go for the latest road condition updates. Virginians are asked to keep 911 and #77 lines open for emergencies.”