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Deadly Tractor-Trailer Wreck in Suffolk is Third Fatal Accident in a Day in Hampton Roads

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Deadly Tractor-Trailer Wreck in Suffolk is Third Fatal Accident in a Day in Hampton Roads

Three people died in crashes in Hampton Roads in a single day Wednesday. A deadly tractor-trailer wreck on Interstate 664 in Suffolk caused traffic chaos near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

On the same day, a fatal two vehicle crash was reported on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, according to Virginia State Police. Later Wednesday, a motorcyclist was reported dead in an accident involving a school bus in Newport News.

State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said a white work van and a tractor trailer collided on Interstate 664 north in Suffolk as the interstate approaches the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) near College Drive.

Few details were available about this deadly tractor-trailer wreck including the identity of the deceased. Images from the accident scene showed a badly mangled white van.

Deadly tractor-trailer crash occurred near College Drive in Suffolk

The location of the deadly tractor-trailer crash near College Drive in Suffolk

My deepest condolences go to the family of the deceased. Police are reconstructing the crash, but it’s not yet clear which driver was to blame.

The crash closed all northbound lanes for hours. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said traffic was diverted onto the Western Freeway from 664, allowing drivers to use the James River Bridge to get to the Peninsula. Long delays were reported at the scene.

When a tractor-trailer is involved in a wreck, the damage is often severe. Drivers and passengers are more likely to lose their lives. It’s not clear if any other people were injured during the I-664 wreck.

A report in The Daily Press detailed a fatal two-car crash in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The wreck was reported at about 8:15 a.m. Anaya said a Nissan Altima was driving southbound on Locustville Road in Onley. It was involved in a head-on collision with a Chrysler Town & Country traveling in the opposing direction.

The report said Kristina Albrecht, 29, of Onley, died of her injuries at a local hospital. Police said the victim was not wearing a seat belt.

Motorcyclist is Killed in Crash with School Bus in Newport News

On Wednesday afternoon, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a school bus in Newport News, reported

First responders attended the wreck at Woods Road and Harpersville Road at 3:12 p.m.

While there were students on the bus, none of them were injured.

As in the deadly tractor-trailer wreck in Suffolk earlier in the day, there are many questions about this crash.

We are well aware of the vulnerability of motorcyclists to vehicles making turns at intersections. We have represented many riders and the families of deceased riders. We have also noted a spate of violations caused by school bus drivers in Hampton Roads in recent months.

However, there is no official word from police about who was to blame for this fatal crash in Newport News or whether it involved a turn.

If you have lost a loved one in a crash on a motorcycle, a deadly tractor-trailer wreck or another auto accident, you may have grounds to sue the at-fault driver. No amount of money will compensate for the loss of a loved one, but we are aware of the high costs a death can have on a family.

On another sad note, a man who was hit by a cab in Hampton this week has died of his injuries. Derrvas Jermaine Wynn, 42, passed away on Tuesday night at a local hospital. Mr. Wynn was hit by a cab earlier that morning.

If you have lost a loved or if you have been injured in Hampton Roads, call our Suffolk wrongful death lawyers at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Jim Hurley

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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