Isle of Wight Deputy Hurt In James River Bridge Wreck

State troopers, deputies and police officers do a dangerous job in Virginia. We were concerned to read about a James River Bridge wreck that left an Isle of Wight deputy injured this morning.

A report on WAVY.com stated the deputy was responding to a multi-vehicle crash on the south side of the James River Bridge (JRB) when his cruiser was hit by two cars on Friday morning.

The report said the deputy attempted to make a U-turn on the northern side of the bridge. He had his emergency lights on, according to reports.

Lt. Tommy Potter, a spokesman for the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was hospitalized after the U.S. 17 James River Bridge Wreck. First responders took him to Riverside Regional Medical Center for evaluation. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

James River Bridge wreck causes congestion

Congestion after the James River Bridge wreck (VDOT 511)

The wreck caused major disruptions to Friday morning’s commute into Newport News. Police closed the northbound left shoulder and lane. Both crashes were cleared later Friday morning.

Virginia State Police are investigating the James River Bridge wreck.

Six vehicles were involved in the crashes, according to Virginia State Police. There were few details on the injuries sustained by motorists, but none of them were life-threatening, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

The first wreck happened about 6:15 a.m. and involved three vehicles on the southbound side, according to Anaya.

Hampton Roads has many river crossings. When accidents occur on these bridges and tunnels they are often serious.

A Fatal James River Bridge Wreck

Last year, Troy Mead Massey, a popular pastor from Portsmouth was rear-ended and killed in a fiery wreck on the James River Bridge. Massey, an inspiration to local homeless people, had been driving to Little Zion Baptist Church in Suffolk, a dilapidated church he was helping to repair.

Every year, hundreds of people are killed and injured by reckless driving, tailgating, distracted driving and drunk driving on the roads of Virginia.

When crashes occur on bridges and tunnels, they cause serious issues for first responders and other drivers. Please treat bridges and tunnels with the care they deserve. Stick to the speed limit and don’t change lanes.

If you have been hurt in a James River Bridge wreck or a crash elsewhere in Hampton Roads or Virginia, please call our car accident team at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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