January 21, 2007
Vehicles were at a stand still on Interstate 64 and Route 29. On the road was not where you wanted to be Sunday.
Crews rushed to mile marker 110 where an SUV overturned in the ditch. At marker 130, a four vehicle accident caused responders to shut down the interstate for over an hour.
Brad Coleman, who was involved, said he’s just thankful it wasn't worse. “I just came up the hill and saw two cars wrecked in the street. They blocked both lanes, but I thought I could get around on the side until the car hit me and knocked me into the guard rail.”
No one was seriously injured in either accident.
Albemarle County was flooded with so many calls they had to change their response policy.
“Which means we only respond to accidents with injury or multiple cars, anything that's just single vehicle without injury, if someone slides into the ditch, we don't respond,” said Corporal Steve Wilkins with Albemarle County Police.
Even with the changed policy extra officers were called in to respond to additional accidents.
Wilkins said many accidents are preventable. “What really makes it dangerous is the citizens that drive too fast. Citizens just need to slow down, take twice as much time to get somewhere. Don’t try to rush and just be very cognitive of the surroundings.”
Police also said Afton Mountain was shut down for a while, after nearly 40 vehicles were stuck on the top of the mountain. They re-directed traffic in order for V-DOT to salt the road.
So far, there have been no reports of any fatal accidents in the area.