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I95 Reopens Hours After Crashes

One person seriously injured in crashes that shut down I-95 in Chesterfield

March 21, 2019 - 8:40 am

CHESTERFIELD CO., Va. - On March 21, 2019 (Thursday) at approximately, 3:44 a.m., the Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer at northbound I-95, north of Willis Road (Exit 64). 


The trooper's preliminary investigation reveals that a Panda passenger bus lost both rear tires and rims in the center lane of travel on northbound I-95 and was pulled over disabled.  A tractor hauling a trailer was traveling northbound struck the tire, lost control, crashing through the jersey wall, and catching on fire.  Debris in addition to the overturned tractor and trailer was partially scattered on the southbound side of I-95.  The fire did extensive damage to the tractor.  


The driver of the tractor and trailer was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious, but non life-threatening injuries.  There are no other injuries reported.  


A second crash occurred on the southbound side of I-95 when a tractor trailer was slowing down due to debris from the crash on northbound side and was struck by another vehicle in the rear.  Presently, this crash only involves property damage and no injuries.  


With the assistance of Chesterfield County Fire / EMS and VDOT, lanes remained closed in both direction for several hours for the cleanup process.  


The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team.   The tractor trailer driver was not charged in the crash.  The driver of the bus was charged with; defective equipment due to the back rear tires coming off of the bus.