Traffic accidents minimal during Jonas

Published 4:12 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weather-related accidents were minimal during and after Winter Storm Jonas hit the Heart of Virginia on Friday and Saturday.

“Generally, most folks were very attentive in town by reducing travel during the storm and we are grateful for that,” said Farmville Police Chief Curtis Davis. “At times, we still had a few people moving about, some out of necessity and others out of interest, I suppose. All in all, I think our community did a great job of heeding safety warnings, looking out for each other and finding a way to get through a significant winter storm.”

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From Friday through Sunday, officers assisted a total of seven disabled vehicles and three minor accidents in Farmville’s town limits.

According to the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office, no major or minor incidents had been reported as of Saturday morning.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office only saw three weather-related incidents over the weekend.

“We’ve been blessed,” said Cumberland Sheriff Darrell Hodges. He said there was only one weather-related accident and a couple of vehicles that slid off the road into a ditch.

According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, troopers in the Appomattox Division — which includes Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward — fielded a total of 801 calls for service from Friday morning to Monday morning. “Of those calls there were 121 traffic crashes, with eight involving individuals being injured — the rest were all damage to vehicles only. In addition, troopers responded to 176 disabled and stuck vehicles within the division.”

No serious accidents were reported during the storm in The Herald’s coverage area.

“The Hampton Roads region has experienced the most traffic crashes with state troopers responding to 570 crashes in our Chesapeake Division,” Geller said. “Whereas, the Metro-Richmond and Northern Virginia regions have had the most disabled, stuck vehicles.”