New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 21, 2014

UPDATE: Snow-related vehicle accidents in New Kent down from last week

By Alan Chamberlain | January 29, 2014 10:45 am

Perhaps motorists learned a lesson after last week’s snowfall since the number of motor vehicle accidents occurring since snow started falling Tuesday in the New Kent/Charles City area is half of what occurred last week.

State Police report that as of 10 a.m. today, nine crashes have occurred in New Kent County since 3 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday) compared to 18 last week. Similar to last week, all have taken place on Interstate 64. And just like last week, no accidents have been reported in Charles City County. Also, there have been no reports of injuries although all nine accidents in New Kent resulted in damage to vehicles.

New Kent Sheriff F.W. “Wakie” Howard Jr. said, “things have been very quiet,” since snow began accumulating late yesterday, and he attributes the absence of major problems to the type of snow. Temperatures were cold enough to prevent initial icing on roadways, thus the snow cover is lightweight powder that has been easy to remove, he said.

“We’ve pulled about a half-dozen vehicles out of ditches, but most people got off the roads,” the sheriff said. “The biggest thing we had involved a snow plow catching on fire in Providence Forge.”

State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said the fire occurred around 7 a.m. near the Route 60/155 intersection in Providence Forge and involved a dump truck with attached snow plow belonging to an independent contractor. No injuries were reported.

State Police, meanwhile, say troopers have responded to 336 calls for service as of 9 a.m. today in localities comprising the Richmond Division. Of those calls, 117 involved crashes with damage while another 93 dealt with disabled vehicles, mostly in the Richmond metro area. Molnar said 474 vehicle crashes had occurred statewide as of 7:30 a.m.