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Tractor-trailer driver injured in crash on I-95 in Colonial Heights

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Posted at 9:29 AM, Apr 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-21 12:34:32-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near mile marker 56 were closed for several hours as Virginia State Police responded to a tractor-trailer crash Thursday morning.

The crash happened just before 8 a.m. when a tractor-trailer tried to avoid debris and overcorrected, causing the truck to overturn, according to State Police.

44-year-old Wayne Johnson of Georgia was identified as the driver of the tractor-trailer. Troopers said he was taken to Southside Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

The truck was empty and not hauling any cargo at the time of the crash.

Traffic was being routed off of I-95 onto Woods Edge Road at Exit 58. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said at one point there was a 6.5 mile backup.

Some lanes reopened around 10 a.m. and the scene finally cleared just before noon.

This crash is under investigation.

VDOT said there will be lane closures in that area Thursday night starting at 7:30 for emergency pavement repairs related to the crash. The work will address damage the roadway sustained from a diesel fuel spill.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, including Route 1/301, which can be accessed via Exit 58B. Expect delays and reduced speed limits in the work zone.

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

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