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Fiery tractor-trailer crashes closed Interstate 95 in Chesterfield

Posted at 4:42 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 19:30:05-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A fiery crash that involved two tractor-trailers closed Interstate 95 -- in both directions -- Thursday morning in Chesterfield County.

A Panda passenger bus lost two rear tires after its lug nuts came off in the center lane of northbound I-95, Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Keeli Hill said about the 3:44 a.m. crash.

That pus was pulled over when a tractor-trailer traveling northbound struck a tire, lost control and went through the jersey wall before catching on fire.

The fire did extensive damage to the tractor, police said.

That driver was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Debris from the crash ended up in the southbound lanes, causing a second crash on that side of I-95.

"A tractor-trailer was slowing down due to debris from the crash on the northbound side and was struck by another vehicle in the rear. Presently, this crash only involves property damage and no injuries," Hill said.

The driver of the bus has been charged with defective equipment due to the back rear tires coming off of the bus.

The crashes happened on Interstate 95 around Willis Road.

All southbound lanes reopened at about 6:45 a.m. Two northbound have also reopened.

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