Six people die in fatal crashes while traveling for the Fourth of July
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Six people die in fatal crashes while traveling for the Fourth of July

Six people die in fatal crashes while traveling for the Fourth of July

VSP: Six people die in fatal crashes while traveling on July Fourth

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Six people died in six crashes on Virginia roads over the Fourth of July holiday, according to preliminary statistics from the Virginia State Police.

During the statistical period from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7, VSP reports that there were multiple fatal crashes in Bedford and Wythe counties. VSP reports that there were two fatal crashes in Bedford County during the holiday week.


Fatalities also occurred in Charles City and Henrico counties and in the city of Richmond.

To increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia roads, state police participated in Operation CARE, which focused on reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by drunk driving, speeding and failure to wear seat belts. During the 2024 operation, officers cited 4,004 sowers and 1,868 reckless drivers and arrested 95 drunk drivers.

It also reported that 574 drivers were issued tickets for not wearing seat belts, 191 for not properly securing children in the vehicle and 423 drivers for violating Virginia’s hands-free law.

“Speeding, drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, and distracted driving continue to put too many at risk on our highways,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “On July 4, in the middle of the afternoon on I-495 in Northern Virginia, Trooper JT Pappas stopped a driver for going 137 mph in a 65 mph zone. A few days earlier, the driver had been cited for driving 125 mph on I-64 in Rockbridge County. Virginia highways are no place for triple-digit speeds. To save lives on our roads, Virginians must go the extra mile and obey the speed limit.”