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Runaway trailer causes 8-vehicle crash on I-295 in Hanover

Posted at 6:04 AM, Nov 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-22 08:56:52-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — A multi-vehicle crash shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 295 near the Creighton Road exits early Tuesday morning.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said the crash happened near mile marker 33. Traffic was diverted onto exit 31A towards Richmond International Airport for several hours, but two lanes reopened by 9 a.m.

Virginia State Police said the crash happened around 4 a.m. when a truck hauling a utility trailer lost its load, leaving the trailer in the roadway. A total of eight vehicles then came through and either struck the utility trailer or ran off the roadway to avoid the trailer.

One of those vehicles was a tractor-trailer hauling a load of beams, which also lost its load, State Police said.

The driver that initially struck the trailer and the tractor-trailer driver were transported to the hospital for treatment, but they are expected to be okay. State Police said they were both wearing their seatbelts.

This crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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