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 WAVY.com.

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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