No less than 69 autos crashed within the westbound lanes of I-64 close to Williamsburg at 7:51 a.m., Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya mentioned at a information convention later Sunday. On the time of the crash, police mentioned ice was current on the Queens Creek Bridge and heavy fog lined the realm.
Anaya referred to as the ice and fog circumstances “causative components” of the crashes, saying that the preliminary trigger was nonetheless unknown and should take a number of days to be taught as troopers proceed to research.
Photographs of the scene confirmed a clog of automobiles, some with crunched rear ends, dented doorways and damaged headlights.
The congestion was so tight that some autos had been pushed off the street by different automobiles that had been compelled beneath their frames. First responders had been compelled to stroll throughout the wreckage on the roofs of autos.
Whereas there have been no quick studies of fatalities, Anaya mentioned 51 victims had been transported and/or handled at 4 native hospitals. Officers mentioned particulars on the extent of the accidents could not be disclosed at the moment.
York County Hearth Chief Steve Kopczynski advised reporters that of these being handled, two remained in crucial situation and 11 suffered critical non-life threatening accidents. The remaining victims suffered minor accidents.
Along with closing all westbound lanes, officers mentioned eastbound lanes had been shut down resulting from rubber-necking on the crashes. Detours had been arrange with the assistance of the York County Sheriff’s Workplace and Virginia Division of Transportation (VDOT).
A contractor for the bridge discovered that its infrastructure wasn’t significantly broken within the accident, VDOT Incident Administration Coordinator Jim Stanek mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.