No less than 69 automobiles crashed within the westbound lanes of I-64 close to Williamsburg at 7:51 a.m., Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya stated at a information convention later Sunday. On the time of the crash, police stated ice was current on the Queens Creek Bridge and heavy fog lined the realm.
Anaya known 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 analyze.
Images 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 automobiles had been pushed off the highway by different automobiles that have been compelled beneath their frames. First responders have been compelled to stroll throughout the wreckage on the roofs of automobiles.
Whereas there have been no instant stories of fatalities, Anaya stated 51 victims have been transported and/or handled at 4 native hospitals. Officers stated particulars on the extent of the accidents could not be disclosed right now.
York County Hearth Chief Steve Kopczynski informed reporters that of these being handled, two remained in vital situation and 11 suffered critical non-life threatening accidents. The remaining victims suffered minor accidents.
Along with closing all westbound lanes, officers stated eastbound lanes have been shut down attributable to rubber-necking on the crashes. Detours have 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 severely broken within the accident, VDOT Incident Administration Coordinator Jim Stanek stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.