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Person killed, trooper burned in fiery crash that closed I-95

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-30 19:21:11-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- One person was killed and three others were injured, including a state trooper who was burned, in a wreck that shut down Interstate 95 in Hanover County Sunday afternoon.

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Troopers were called to the single-vehicle crash near mile marker 92 (E. Patrick Henry Road/Route 54) at 2:35 p.m., according to Sgt. Jessica Shehan with Virginia State Police.

"The vehicle ran off the road into the trees and caught fire on impact," Shehan said. "A trooper and VDOT Safety Services Patrol employee pulled the driver and two passengers from the burning vehicle."

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One person died and two others taken to VCU Medical Center had serious injuries, according to troopers.

"The trooper sustained minor burns during the rescue of the vehicle’s occupants," Shehan said.

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The wreck closed all lanes of the busy interstate Sunday afternoon and VDOT officials urged drivers to "use alternate routes and expect delays."

By about 3:40 p.m. all northbound lanes had reopened as had the southbound left lane. And all lanes were back open around 4:30 p.m.

However, there was still a five-mile backup on I-95 south as of 4:30 p.m. and officials said there would likely be "residual delays."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Shehan said.

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

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