UPDATE: State Police report 18 winter-related crashes in New Kent County Jan. 21
10:22 AM EST, January 22, 2014
NEW KENT – As of Wednesday morning, the Virginia State Police has responded to 18 car crashes in New Kent County on Jan. 21.
The VSP Public Information Officer Sgt. Thomas Molnar reported that all but one of the crashes was on I-64 and that all of the crashes involved only property damage.
The New Kent Fire Department has also responded to several accidents.
According to Fire Chief Richard Opett, at 6:58 PM, New Kent County Emergency Communications received a call for an auto accident in the area of I-64 and the 205 exit ramp, shortly after crews responded to this call, an additional call for an auto accident was received in the area of route 60 and route 106. Crews from the Quinton and Providence Forge stations handled these incidents reporting near white out conditions and slick roads during their response. Units arrived on both scenes to find that there were no injuries or other hazards present.
Shortly after units cleared up, calls for auto accidents in the area of I-64 at the 223 mile marker and at I-64 in the area of the 209 marker were dispatched. Crews from Quinton, Providence Forge and the Eltham stations handled these incidents once again reporting no injuries or other hazards present.
Lastly, as crews cleared up from I-64, an additional call came in for an auto accident on I-64 in the area of the 211 mile marker. Crews arrived to find two vehicles had skidded off the interstate and reported no injuries or hazards.
To recap, there were a total of five dispatched accidents within a 35-minute time frame. During this time frame the area was under near white out conditions that caused motorists to loose sight of the roadway and road conditions deteriorated quickly.
"We always encourage motorists to stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary during storms of this nature. We also remind motorists to be cautious when driving near the scene of any roadway incident or emergency response scene," Opett said.