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Roll-over wreck on I-95 near Ashland sends 5 to hospital

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Posted at 8:37 PM, Jul 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 10:49:02-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A crash that sent five people to the hospital closed I-95 north in Hanover County and backed up traffic for miles on the interstate in both directions Saturday evening.

Troopers were called to the wreck at mile marker 91 near Ashland just after 7:30 p.m.

"The initial investigation indicates that a silver SUV was headed south when it ran off the road to the left and struck the guardrail in the median," Sgt.Dylan Davenport with Virginia State Police said. "The SUV subsequently overturned several times, ejecting one of the occupants."

The SUV was carrying five people, which were transported to an area hospital. There was not word on the extent of their injuries at last check.

Troopers said the driver and front seat passenger were not wearing seat belts, but it is unclear if the three passengers were.

One of the passengers was identified as 39-year-old Lafonda R. Eppes of Crewe. Troopers said she was not wearing a seat belt, and succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Officials said their investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

VDOT officials said the wreck closed all northbound lanes and the left two southbound lanes of the interstate.

However, later all lanes except the left northbound lane and the left and center southbound lanes had reopened.

As of just before 9 p.m., there was a 3-mile backup in each direction.

VDOT officials warned drivers to "use alternate routes and expect delays."

All lanes of the interstate had reopened and the backup was clear by just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

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