1 dead after semi hauling frozen turkeys hits car on Varina-Enon Bridge

Posted at 1:48 PM, Nov 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-09 23:50:10-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Officials are investigating a deadly accident involving a semi carrying frozen turkeys and a car Sunday afternoon on the Varina-Enon Bridge on I-295.

Virginia State Police said the wreck happened on the northbound lanes of the bridge around 12:55 p.m. when a tractor-trailer slammed into a stopped car.

Officials said that the car was stalled in the middle of the road with no blinkers or lights on. By the time the truck driver, who was traveling at 70 mph, realized that the was stopped, it was too late.

Upon impact, the Jeep burst into flames. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.

"There were no hazard lights on. There were no break lights on. The car was just sitting in the road,” Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said

As a result, the semi driver, who was not injured, will not face any charges.

The accident shutdown all northbound, as well as two southbound, lanes of the interstate. At one point, traffic was backed up at least two miles.

All lanes had reopened by around 5:50 p.m.

Virginia State Police, as well as crews from Chesterfield and Henrico, were dispatched to the accident.