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Winter weather creates chaos on the roads, causes fatal crash in Chesterfield

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Icy road conditions Monday were responsible for hundreds of crashes across the state including a fatal crash in Chesterfield County that also resulted in injuries to emergency responders.

At about 5:14 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to a two-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of state Route 288 north of Lucks Lane. The vehicles had run off the road and into the median, according to state police. One of the drivers was transported from the scene for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The trooper, one of the drivers and a passenger were standing in the median when another vehicle ran off of Route 288 and collided with them, coming to a stop after striking the trooper’s patrol car.

The impact of the crash threw one of the pedestrians into a nearby Chesterfield County firefighter. That pedestrian died at the scene.

The state trooper and the other pedestrian were transported to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Chesterfield County firefighter was transported to St. Francis Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

There were two other fatal crashes Monday.

In Fauquier County shortly before 7 a.m., a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban traveling west on Crest Hill Road crossed the centerline and struck a snow plow head-on. The driver of the SUV, Steven H. Gibbs, 63, of Linden, Va., died at the scene. The driver of the snow plow was not injured. State police were on the scene of another fatal collision in Loudoun County late Monday night.

State police had responded to 538 crashes — including 111 in the Richmond region — and 347 disabled vehicles statewide between midnight and 3:30 p.m. Monday, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Geller noted that at 8:10 p.m., troopers were responding to 67 traffic crashes in the Richmond region alone out of 108 crashes statewide.

Just before 5 p.m., state police responded to an accident in Henrico County in which three vehicles had spun out on Interstate 64 at the 195 mile marker. As a state police sergeant was assisting the male driver of a Jeep that had spun out, a Chevrolet Camaro spun out and struck the Jeep. The male driver was struck by the Jeep and then the Camaro, which hit the sergeant’s patrol car.

As the Sergeant and a trooper were aiding the struck male driver, who was in the interstate, another vehicle lost control and struck the sergeant’s patrol car. The sergeant was not injured.

The male driver was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the Camaro were taken with non-life-threatening injuries.

In Hanover County, a state trooper was struck while seated in his vehicle in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 at the 32 mile marker at 7:53 p.m. The trooper suffered minor injuries.

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On the heels of days of frigid temperatures that culminated in the wintry mix on Monday, today is expected to warm up to about 58 degrees with heavy rain likely.

There’s a small chance of additional snow early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with temperatures dipping into the low 30s overnight tonight and into Wednesday morning.

The weather service is calling for warmer temperatures later in the week with a high of about 50 degrees Wednesday and 45 Thursday.

Friday will see a high of about 51, Saturday could reach 62 during the day, and Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 60.

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John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

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