Driver of semi that spilled dry ice on I-95 had suspended license

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jul 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-29 22:26:50-04

CHESTER, Va. -- State police said the 33-year-old driver of a semi carrying dry ice that overturned on I-95 Wednesday morning on I-95 has been charged with reckless driving and driving on a suspended operators license.

Sgt. Steve Vick, a spokesman for Virginia State Police, said Brian M. Whitfield of Petersburg was driving the tractor-trailer.

Whitfield and a passenger, who were both were wearing seat belts, were transported to Chippenham Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred around 11:19 a.m. on I-95 north near Route 10 in Chester.

The semi was traveling north on I-95 when it overturned on the driver’s side, blocking all lanes of I-95.  The truck was loaded with about 30-35,000 pounds of dry ice.

The truck was enroute from Hopewell to Harrisonburg.  There were no other vehicles involved in the crash, according to police.

Virginia State Police Trooper M. Ingram is investigating the crash.

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