Four Injured in Six Car Wreck on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News
I was saddened to see the images of mangled cars and to read about more injuries on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News this morning where four people were hospitalized after a six-car crash.
The wreck was reported just after 7 a.m. at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Lee Street.
Pictures of the scene from Newport News Fire Department showed badly damaged cars and debris strewn across Jefferson Avenue. Fire crews noted they were working to free one of the motorists who was trapped.
Crash at Jefferson Avenue and Lee Street in Newport News (Newport News Fire Department)
Chief Steve Pincus of Newport News Fire Department later confirmed that two people were trapped in the accident and had to be rescued. Crews successfully freed them in 20 minutes.
The accident caused commuter chaos on the Peninsula where north and southbound lanes of Jefferson Avenue were closed temporarily while crews cleared up the scene. All lanes of traffic were reopened shortly after 9 a.m.
As well as the four people who were hospitalized after the wreck a firefighter suffered a minor back injury as he helped rescue one of the trapped motorists.
There is no word yet on the conditions of those who were hurt in this serious crash. Our thoughts are with the injured and we hope they make a speedy recovery.
Wrecks on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News
We have noted in the past the serious accident record on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The intersections on this fast-moving urban artery that runs north to south on the Peninsula can be particularly dangerous.
Our Newport News personal injury lawyers help many people who are hurt in intersection accidents. Three intersections on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News were deemed so dangerous that they received red light runner cameras.
However, Jefferson Avenue has many smaller intersections that do not benefit from red light cameras or even lights. We don’t know yet if this accident was caused by a driver who failed to stop at the intersection when merging onto Jefferson Avenue. Impatience when merging onto the busy highway is a common cause of wrecks on this highway in Newport News.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck in Newport News, it’s likely you have grounds to file a claim against the insurance company of an at-fault driver. Our law firm has a client meeting location at Oyster Point in Newport News. We can also visit you at the hospital or your home. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.