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Massive pile-up crash leaves dozens injured in Virginia

Winter ice and snow can cause a lot of problems on the roads. For instance, a huge 69-vehicle pile-up in Virginia happened when ice and foggy conditions played a role in a series of serious collisions.

The crashes all took place in the westbound lanes of I-64 near Williamsburg. Police at the scene reported that there was ice on the Queens Creek Bridge at the time of the incident.

Looking at images of the collision, there were dozens of vehicles with impact dents and crushed tail ends. Some vehicles were pushed off the road, and others were nearly verticle with other vehicles pushing up under them.

Fortunately, the serious pile-up on the major highway didn't result in any immediate fatalities, but 51 people did have to be taken to one of the four local hospitals for treatment. At least two people were reported to be in critical condition, while 11 others have serious, non-life threatening injuries. Everyone else was said to have minor injuries.

This incident makes it important to discuss what can be done to avoid pile-up crashes like this one. Often, it's drivers who are not paying attention or moving too quickly who end up in these collisions.

To avoid a pile-up crash, make sure you:

  • Give the driver ahead of you plenty of space. In the winter, ice and snow can make the roadways slick, and bridges are more likely to be frozen. If they slip or slide, you want to have plenty of time to stop your vehicle.
  • Slow down over time. Don't slam on your brakes, because you may not give the person behind you enough time to stop.
  • Watch out for hazardous weather conditions, like fog. Fog makes it difficult to see in front of you, so if you can't see, pull over. It's not safe to travel closely to the vehicle in front of you just because of heavy fog. You can wait a short while for the fog to disburse before continuing on your way.

Winter weather, fog and slick conditions make it more likely for people to get into a collision. Taking some of these precautions may help you avoid a crash, even if others crash in front of you. Leaving lots of space between your vehicle and others is the key takeaway that could help you stay safer in the event of a sudden crash ahead of you.

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