Seven people were transported to area hospitals Tuesday after a chain reaction of accidents occurred at 9:57 a.m. on I-64 in Goochland involving four tractor trailers and several cars.
All eastbound lanes of traffic between the Gum Spring and Oilville exits were shut down for hours while Virginia State Police and first responders from Louisa, Goochland and other localities responded. VDOT crews also had to perform road maintenance before reopening the travel lanes late Tuesday evening.
State police reported that the first of the three crashes near mile marker 164 involved a Nissan Altima traveling east. The driver lost control and the car struck the guardrail, then spun around to face the opposite direction of travel in the right lane.
Immediately afterward, a second crash occurred when a Chevrolet Malibu traveling east struck the Nissan.
Three people were transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries in connection with those two crashes.
The third crash involved four tractor trailers and a Toyota Highlander. A state police spokesman said that traffic was slowing to a stop as a result of the two previous crashes when the collision happened.
A 2007 International tractor hauling a container unit struck the Toyota Highlander in the rear as it was coming to a stop. The 2007 International tractor then struck a 2007 Freightliner flat bed tractor, forcing it to jack knife and strike two additional tractor trailers.
State police reported that they believe all involved in the third crash were wearing seat belts.
Four people were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor to serious injuries in connection with the third crash.
While the interstate was closed, traffic was detoured onto Cross County Road (Rt. 522) at Gum Spring (Exit 159) to Rt. 250 east to Oilville Rd. and back onto I-64 at Oilville.
The crashes remain under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team.