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What is being done to keep drivers safe after major holiday accident?

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59News first told you about a horrific accident on Sunday, March 31. It all happened on the Virginia, North Carolina border, but drivers all over Interstate 77 even into West Virginia were impacted by the delays.

So what should drivers know to make their drive safer?  59News spent the day after the accident working for you to find out. Our crews took a ride on the interstate in rainy and foggy conditions on Monday, April 1, and spoke with experts to find out if drivers were acting on one simple precaution experts recommend.
Our 59 News Crews found out the West Virginia Department of Transportation do not use the electronic messages boards along the highway to alert drivers about fog advisories. They use it for other messages but not fog.  Experts said it is all too common for fog to set in. So the experts 59 News spoke with point to a law that might help drivers be more visible.

Both Virginia and West Virginia have a strict law for drivers when it comes to poor conditions.
Brent Walker with the West Virginia Department of Transportation said the mountain state requires drivers to click on their headlights if they are using their windshield wipers.  He also explained not only does it help the driver see, it helps other drivers see you. He said this is extremely important when weather conditions are poor.

Our 59 News crews saw a few dozen drivers without their lights on and, even more dangerous, drivers speeding on the wet roads.  Walker said the speed limit is set for ideal conditions but when poor conditions set in a driver should know to slow it down.  He said in poor weather slow down, plan ahead and make sure to have your lights on.


59 News is working for you to find out what is being done to keep drivers safe after a multi-vehicle accident killed 3 and backed up the interstate for hours.


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If you were stuck in traffic or were impacted by the accident, reach out to our newsroom at news@wvnstv.com.