69 vehicles involved in chain-reaction crash that closed I-64

Posted at 10:34 AM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 20:28:44-05

YORK COUNTY Va. -- A chain-reaction crash involving at least 69 vehicles shut down I-64 in York County and left left 51 people injured Sunday morning, according to the Virginia State Police.

Troopers received the first calls about the multi-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-64 on the Queens Creek bridge just after 7:50 a.m.

"Due to icy conditions on the bridge and severe fog, the crashes continued in both the westbound and then the eastbound lanes of I-64," Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police said.

Traffic cameras in the area show heavy fog and backups on both sides of the highway.

At least 51 people were transported to regional hospitals, including VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Riverside Doctors' Hospital in Williamsburg and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

"The majority of injuries were minor, with 11 individuals being treated for serious injuries," Anaya said. "There are still no reported fatalities related to the crashes."

Officials said no charges have been filed as multiple crash investigations remain ongoing.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, James City County Police Department, VDOT and seven fire departments, including the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and James City County Fire Department, responded to assist.

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