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I-64 east closed ‘several hours’ after hazmat crash

Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-13 10:06:53-05

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. —  A crash involving a fire truck and a tractor-trailer hauling hazardous materials has closed Interstate 64 east at mile marker 131 in Fluvanna County, according to VDOT. The crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. just east of the Albemarle County line.

“A hazmat team is responding and estimates the closure will last several hours,” VDOT said in a traffic alert.

Two separate incidents occurred this morning on I-64 westbound at mile markers 129 and 131.

“At 7:37 am, a fire truck was responding to the second crash. It was in the eastbound lanes of I-64 and was slowing to take the Emergency Vehicle crossover when an eastbound tractor-trailer failed to stop in time,” Virginia State Police spokeswomen Deborah Cox said. “The tractor-trailer clipped the rear of the fire truck, which caused the tractor-trailer to overturn in the median.”

Hazmat crews continue to contain liquid that leaked from the damaged double trailer.

“The tractor-trailer driver was not injured; nor were any firefighters,” Cox said.

Drivers on I-64 east will be detoured off the interstate at exit 129 (Route 616, Black Cat Road) and directed to take Route 616 to Route 250 (Richmond Road) east. They will reenter I-64 at Zion Crossroads (mile marker 136).

This is a developing story.