Virginia State Police responded to three separate crashes eastbound at mile marker 164 on Interstate 64 at around 9:57 a.m. Tuesday resulting in multiple vehicles being involved.
The trooper’s preliminary investigation indicates that the first crash involved a Nissan Altima traveling eastbound on I-64 when it lost control, struck the guardrail, and spun around to face the opposite direction of travel in the right lane.
Immediately following the first, a second crash occurred when a Chevrolet Malibu traveling eastbound on I-64 struck the Nissan Altima that was in the right lane of travel.
Three people were transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries as it pertains to these two crashes.
The preliminary investigations in reference to the third crash involving four tractor trailers and a Toyota Highlander reveals that traffic was slowing to a stop as a result of the two previous crashes.
A 2007 International tractor hauling a container unit was traveling eastbound on I-64 and 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.
It is believed all involved in the third crash were wearing seat belts. Four people were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor to serious injuries.
With the assistance of VDOT, travel lanes will remain closed for the cleanup process which will take an extended period of time.
Eastbound traffic is being detoured onto Cross County Road (Rt. 522) at the Gum Spring (Exit 159) to Rt. 250 east to Oilville Rd. and back onto I-64 east until the road reopens.
The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team.