Driver killed in wreck that downed traffic lights, closed busy intersection in Tappahannock

VDOT: 'Detour will remain in place until signals are repaired'
Crash closes Route 17 and Route 360 intersection in Tappahannock
Crash closes Route 17 and Route 360 intersection in Tappahannock
Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-19 16:56:56-05

TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. — A deadly single-vehicle crash has closed the busy Route 17 and Route 360 intersection in Tappahannock because traffic lights and poles were damaged early Sunday morning.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have set up a detour so northbound traffic is rerouted to Water Lane and Wright Street. Southbound traffic is being rerouted to Eastern View Road, Cross Street and Prince Street.

"Message boards and signs are posted to assist drivers with the detour," officials said. "The detour will remain in place until repairs can be made to the traffic signals and poles.

Troopers said a driver was killed when their Genesis G70 hit a stop light at the intersection, a parked vehicle, a fence and a tree around 1:40 a.m. Officials said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

"The body of the driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy, examination, and positive identification," troopers said.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

Troopers said the investigation into the wreck remains ongoing with the aid of the VSP Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team.

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