HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — An accident that involved three tractor-trailers and another vehicle closed Interstate 95 south at Route 54 (mile marker 92) for several hours Wednesday morning. VDOT said the lanes could fully reopen by 10 a.m.
A chain-reaction crash happened when one tractor-trailer truck jackknifed and blocked all southbound lanes. The other trucks tried to stop, but could not do so in time. One of the trucks involved in the crash spilled 30 gallons of fuel as a result of the accident, according to Virginia State Police.
That mess had to be cleaned up and the trucks towed away before the interstate lanes could reopen.
“All southbound lanes are closed at Route 54 until further notice,” VDOT reported at 7:30 a.m. “Due to additional crashes on I-95 south in Hanover, traffic is being diverted off at Doswell (mile marker 98). Drivers are then strongly encouraged to take Kings Dominion Boulevard/Dawn Boulevard (Route 30) east to Route 301 south back to I-95 south. Expect major delays.”
Traffic was backed up at least three miles in the area.
“Route 1 is not the best alternate,” VDOT advised. “A local bridge replacement project on Washington Highway/Route 1 near Ellets Crossing Road (Route 641) and Falling Creek has semi-permanent restricted lane capacity, so drivers can expect additional delays along the Route 1 corridor if used as an alternate route.”
This is a developing story.