Black Ice blamed for 22 Tuesday crashes

Even though temperatures rose on Monday, the refreezing of water on Southside’s roadways overnight Tuesday proved to be quite treacherous once Tuesday morning arrived.

Area 22 Virginia State Police report responding to 22 crashes between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Area 22 office encompasses the counties of Mecklenburg and Lunenburg.

Of the 22 crashes, 14 occurred in Mecklenburg and eight in Lunenburg. Nine injuries were reported as a result of the 22 crashes.

The bulk of the crashes, 13 to be exact, occurred during the heavy morning commute hours, between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

The Mecklenburg crashes occurred on Ridge Road at 6:54 a.m., Wilbourne Road at 7:09 a.m., Golf Drive at 8:37 a.m., Skipwith Road at 8:39 a.m., Chaptico Road at 9:02 a.m., Baskerville Road at 9:09 a.m., Parkside Road at 9:16 a.m., Green Acres Road at 9:28 a.m., Trading Post Lane at 10:27 a.m., Cleaton Road at 10:36 a.m., Wilson Lane at 10:50 a.m., Highway 47 at 12:17 p.m. and the final crash occurred in the county at 12:35 p.m.

The Lunenburg crashes occurred across that county as well, from Fletcher Chapel road nearing Blackstone to Ontario Road nearing Keysville.

Black ice has been blamed for each crash.

Virginia State Police offer the following tips for driving in winter weather:

1.Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.

2.Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.

3.Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

4.Never mix radial tires with other tire types.

5.Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

6.If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

7.Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

8.Always look and steer where you want to go.

9.Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

If you have questions regarding highway conditions call 511 on your cellular device or visit 511virginia.org on the web.