1 killed, 1 injured in I-64 E crash in New Kent County; accident on I-64 east in Newport News cleared

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Tractor trailer accident blocking I-64E in New Kent; traffic detoured to US-60 #hrtraffic

5:49 p.m. update: I-64 eastbound at exit 205 in New Kent County has reopened to traffic.

The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel has reopened to traffic, which is backed up almost four miles to Pughsville Road.

An accident on I-64 eastbound near mile marker 253 has been cleared.
At the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, westbound traffic is backed up seven and a half miles to Tidewater Drive. Eastbound traffic is backed up to King Street.

At the Midtown Tunnel, eastbound traffic is backed up to the 164 Western Freeway. Westbound traffic is backed up to Redgate Avenue.

5:20 p.m. update: I-64 eastbound at exit 205 in New Kent County has reopened to traffic.

Northbound traffic at the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel has stopped because of a disabled vehicle. Traffic is backed up to the 164 Western Freeway. Southbound traffic at the tunnel is backed up to 26th Street.

With the left lane still closed, traffic on I-64 eastbound near mile marker 253 is backed up seven miles to Route 143 in Williamsburg.
At the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, westbound traffic is backed up more than six miles. Eastbound traffic is backed up to King Street.

At the Midtown Tunnel, eastbound traffic is backed up to the 164 Western Freeway. Westbound traffic is backed up to Redgate Avenue.

4:51 p.m. update: The left lane of I-64 eastbound near Ft. Eustis remains closed after an accident, and traffic is backed up to Lee Hall.

Traffic on the Southside headed west to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is backed up six and a half miles to Little Creek Road. Eastbound traffic is backed up to LaSalle Avenue.

Southbound traffic at the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel is backed up to 35th Street.

At the Downtown Tunnel, eastbound traffic is backed up to Effingham Street.

3:58 p.m. update: Another accident on I-64 eastbound at mile marker 253 is causing a 5-mile backup. One lane of the interstate is closed.

Traffic has reopened at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel eastbound after an earlier accident, with delays of 2 miles reported. Traffic headed south to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel is backed up two miles to 35th Street.

Earlier in New Kent:

One person was killed and another person was taken to the hospital in a five-vehicle crash involving two tractor trailers on eastbound I-64 in New Kent County Wednesday morning, a Virginia State Police official said. 

All eastbound lanes are closed at exit 205, and motorists are being detoured to US-60, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Deborah Cox said in a news release. By 1:30 p.m. cars were being allowed back onto the interstate at exits past 205, but there were still more than dozen emergency vehicles and trucks at the scene.

Troopers were called to the crash just at 9:22 a.m., according to a press release from the Virginia State Police. 

Investigators determined that the crash happened after eastbound traffic had slowed because of a disabled vehicle at mile marker 214, Cox said. 

A tractor trailer approached the slowed traffic, struck a pickup truck in the right lane, causing it to spin and strike a van, she said. The pickup then ran off the right side of the shoulder as the van collided with the tractor trailer. The tractor trailer then struck a Chevrolet work truck, and it also struck a car, which was then pushed into another slowed tractor-trailer up ahead, Cox said.

The driver of the tractor trailer that struck the pickup truck, Ira D. Vestal, 39, of Conover, Nc., was charged with reckless driving, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

The driver of the car crushed between the two tractor trailers, Jennifer P. Wilson, 43, of Richmond, died at the scene, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

The driver of the work truck was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening, an no other drivers were injured, she said. 

Traffic is backed up about 2 ½ miles, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. 

Earlier at J. Clyde Morris Blvd.:

An earlier multi-vehicle crash on westbound I-64 in Newport News blocked traffic for more than an hour at J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. 

Three lanes were closed, and traffic was backed up for about 4 miles while crews cleared the scene. 

The crash is still under investigation by the Virginia State Police.

Earlier, officials were on the scene of another accident in north Newport News involving a state trooper.

About 7:30 a.m. on I-64 eastbound just east of Ft. Eustis, a trooper was slowing down as heavy congestion caused two vehicles to stop in front of him, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

In the process of stopping, the trooper was struck from behind by a 2011 Dodge Journey, causing the trooper’s car to hit the vehicle in front of him, Anaya said. The impact from that crash caused the vehicle in front of the trooper to hit the back of a 2003 Toyota Camry, through no injuries were reported at the scene.

Virginia State Police charged the driver of the Dodge Journey with following too closely.

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