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Cement Truck Driver is Killed in I-64 Accident at Lee Hall

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Cement Truck Driver is Killed in I-64 Accident at Lee Hall

I was saddened to read about another fatal truck accident at Lee Hall in James City County almost six months after a crash claimed the life of another trucker close to the scene on I-64.

 Virginia State Police reported that a cement truck had overturned on Interstate 64 west. It burst into flames, trapping the driver inside.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police said the driver was the sole occupant and died in the fiery wreck. The accident was reported at exit 247. It caused traffic chaos on Monday morning.

Traffic cameras at the scene showed several emergency vehicles at 7 a.m., working to clear the debris.  Traffic was backed up for miles past the Fort Eustis Boulevard Overpass as a result of the accident. VDOT set up a detour for motorists around Lee Hall. A four-mile back-up to Jefferson Avenue in Newport News was reported.

Our thoughts are with the family of the trucker who lost his life in this crash. It’s not clear from reports why the cement truck crashed or if another vehicle was involved.

What is clear is the appalling record of I-64 at Lee Hall for trucking crashes. Last November, a trucker was killed in an early morning wreck close to the Lee Hall exit, around mile marker 249 by Fort Eustis Boulevard.

Investigators said a big rig  was heading eastbound in the right lane. It hit the back of a stationary truck that was providing coverage for road crews as they worked on I-64.

After crashing into the work truck, the tractor trailer veered off the road into the ditch while the work truck was shunted into the left lane.

A cement truck crashed on I-64 at Lee Hall, killing the driver

A cement truck

A second tractor trailer tried to avoid the wreck and ran off the road, hitting trees by the side of the road. The truck overturned and killed its driver, a 69-year-old man from Staunton, VA.  

In January 2013, there was another fiery truck crash on I-64 at Lee Hall that claimed the life of a driver who was hit by a big rig.

There are many causes of trucking accidents, but they often happen early in the morning. Driver fatigue is a massive problem in the trucking industry, although we do not know if it was a factor in the latest crash at Lee Mill. Find out more about trucking accidents in Virginia by clicking this link.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has represented many people who have suffered serious injuries in trucking accidents and the families of those who have perished. Call us today at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

 

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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