VGTV morning newscast - August 13, 2014

JAMES CITY — An overturned log truck on Interstate 64 westbound near Lightfoot snarled traffic for more than three hours Tuesday, closing both westbound lanes and causing a nearly eight-mile back up.

The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. as a 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling logs and stumps was attempting to access I-64 westbound from Route 199. The truck’s load shifted, causing the driver to lose control and overturn. The driver, Maurice Harold Staton, escaped with minor injuries. He was charged with fail to secure the load.

James Simpkins, a retired firefighter and tractor trailer driver, said he came upon the accident shortly after it happened. He said another driver stopped nearby had witnessed the truck roll over as it came off the interstate on-ramp.

“He came around too quickly,” Simpkins said, recounting what was told to him.

VDOT traffic cameras showed the log truck rolled over onto its left side, spilling wood into the left lane and median. Anaya said the driver was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for treatment.

Robertson can be reached at 757-345-2342