According to official sources, dense fog and icy road conditions are blamed for a crash in which a tractor-trailer and charter bus on a Virginia highway drove dozens to surrounding hospitals on early Sunday.
The crash occurred at 4:30 am near Mile 100 on Interstate 64, approximately 25 miles west of Charlottesville. The volunteer fire brigade of Crozet reported on Facebook that the accident involving several vehicles was a semitrailer, a charter bus and several others. "Several casualties were transported to surrounding hospitals," said the fire department DRIVERS RESCUED CHILDREN WALKING IN THE SNOW, AS DEADLY AIR US
Augusta County officials said on Facebook that 27 people who were involved in the accident were not life-threatening, needed medical help and after the accident were transported to hospitals crash.
A photograph published by the Virginia State Police shows how the accident split the semitrailer in half and covered the road with debris. A spokesman for the Virginia State Police told CBS19 that the truck had crashed over the lane when he was hit by the charter bus, which was unavoidable.
After hitting the truck, the charter bus involved in the crash crashed along the roadside and came to a halt along the guardrail.
The front of the charter bus was severely damaged during crashes on photographs of Virginia officials. The drivers of the bus and the semitrailer were under 15 transported to the UVA Medical Center, where according to CBS19 a person is listed in a critical condition.
As a result of the accident between the bus and the tractor-trailer, officials said there were seven more minor accidents in the area. Pictures of the scene showed a vehicle that had overturned the middle of the highway and another vehicle with frontal damage.
The crash closed both directions of the highway for several hours, and the state police warned drivers that drove across the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday, driving through the Area. According to reports, fog and icy conditions were responsible for the previous accident.
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The National Weather Service Baltimore / Washington issued a winter weather report on Sunday around 11:00 am for areas around the Shenandoah Valley that were above 2000 feet due to reports of freezing drizzle.
"The ice cold drizzle seems to create even the valley floor for areas in the US winter weather consultancy," said the agency. "Be careful when driving this morning, especially around I-81 and I-64 in the valley."
The Shenandoah National Park indicated that parts of Skyline Drive had to be closed due to icy conditions.
"Information on the winter weather for motorists traveling over the Blue Ridge Mountains and at higher altitudes near the mountains: these areas are reported by freezing drizzle and fog," said the Department of Transportation of Virginia . "Drivers should drive with extreme caution."
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The NWS Weather Prediction Center announced that moisture from a coastal storm off the coast of North Carolina is expected to be transported north into a region with a 'lot cooler air mass ", as seen on Sunday in the Shenandoah Valley, and bring the risk of freezing rain and drizzle until Monday in parts of the inner northeast.
"We have this storm underway" Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said of "Fox & Friends". "This is a very strong coastal storm, it brings very rough conditions over the ocean and we will see some beach erosion of it." [Monday] Reichmuth said until Monday that the storm was going "very slowly" north.  "During the day today, tomorrow and tomorrow night we will see some rain, we will see some ice and we will see some snow from that will add up," he said.