Emergency Crews across the region prepare for storm’s impact

Emergency personnel across the region report being ready for the impact of the coming weather conditions.

Personnel continue to monitor the projected storm system and potential effects and impact of the wind and wind chill advisories.

First responders have already handled over 20 emergency calls in the first 10 hours of the first storm.

Emergency crews are preparing for the impact with refreezing already being reported particularly in the higher elevation.

911 Emergency Communications Centers remain fully staffed.

All response vehicles are prepared for frozen roads, traffic crashes, cold weather exposures, downed trees and power outages.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is warning of treacherous travel conditions and are prepared for treatments of roads where needed.

Caution is recommended and if possible, wait as late in the day as possible to do any travel.

If possible, remain safe at home and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Join the River 953 in thanking all emergency personnel in sacrificing their holiday to protect and serve us.

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FCSO investigates a fatal accident at Winchester Speedway

The opening of the race season at the Winchester Virginia speedway was marred by the death of driver Jimmy Billmeyer of Baker West Virginia.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to an accident Saturday night Mar. 19 at the track to assist and asses the incident.

The investigation revealed it was a freak accident according to an email from FCSO’s Lt. Warren Gosnell.

Billmeyer’s vehicle appears to  have suddenly jerked to the outside of the track colliding with another vehicle.

The impact caused Billmyer’s vehicle to bounce back onto the track to collide with another driver causing Billmyer’s vehicle to barrel roll into the inside wall landing on it’s  roof according to witnesses.

Emergency crews already at the track did everything they could but it appears that Billmyer’s death was immediate.

Gosnell’s email indicated no other injuries in the incident.

Billmeyer was a racing enthusiast of the You Can Afford Racing or U-C.A.R division.

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