Truck driver charged after chain-reaction crash on James River Bridge

Posted at 10:26 AM, Feb 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-08 12:46:43-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Virginia State Police charged the driver of a tractor-trailer after a chain-reaction accident on the Interstate 95 James River Bridge Tuesday morning, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

Craig A. McKenzie, 50, of Midlothian, was charged with following too closely, Molnar wrote in a press release.

Sgt. Molnar said around 7:15 a.m., the truck McKenzie was driving ran into the back of a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria.

The impact pushed the Ford into the passenger van in front of it, which pushed the van into the Dodge Ram in front of it.

Four people, two in the Ford and two in the van, were taken to the hospital for treatment. Sgt. Molnar said the injuries were minor. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat-belt, he added.

The accident had the center and right lanes of northbound Interstate 95 closed for about 75 minutes. The accident was cleaned-up by 8:30 a.m., but the traffic back-up lingered for a few more minutes.

On her Twitter feed, CBS 6 Beat the Traffic Reporter Amanda Meadows suggested drivers use Route 1 has an alternative route.