Overturned I-64 Tractor Trailer in York County Causes Delays

The interstates of Hampton Roads are often chaotic in the summer. This morning, numerous delays were reported including an overturned I-64 tractor trailer in York County.

The incident this morning, left drivers facing a 2.5 mile backup on westbound I-64, Virginia Department of Transportation said.

The overturned I-64 tractor trailer in York County led to the closure of the Interstate at Route 199 where a diversion was set up.

Virginia State Police later said the tractor trailer driver was charged with reckless driving. The driver suffered minor injuries crashed after over correcting according to police.

The crash was one of a number to plague the interstates of Hampton Roads today.

Overturned I-64 Tractor Trailer in York County

An overturned truck

Large backups were reported at the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) and this afternoon VDOT reported all lanes of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel/I-664 were stopped due to a crash. Traffic was diverted off I-664 at the Western Freeway (Route 164) in Suffolk. A backup of 2.5 miles was reported.

Overturned I-64 Tractor Trailer in York County – Causes of Trucking Crashes

When tractor trailers crash on the interstate the consequences can be serious for other drivers. Fortunately, no other driver was hurt in the crash on I-64 in York County today.

It’s not uncommon for big rigs to overturn. Crashes like this pose questions about the standard of truck driving and loading.

Scenarios in which tractor trailers overturn can include.

1 Drivers are traveling too fast for conditions;

2 Truckers fail to control their speed when they enter a curve. Dump trucks can be particularly unstable.

3 Truck drivers are inattentive and veer across the road or overcorrect;

4 Truckers are fatigued and doze at the wheel;

5 Trucks are improperly loaded and overturn more easily than they should.

Just last week, a dump truck overturned in Hampton leaving its driver in a critical condition.

The wreck occurred on Hampton Roads Center Parkway. A subsequent investigation found the truck was making a right-hand turn from Armistead Avenue when the driver lost control and the dump truck turned over on its side. Read more about dump truck wrecks here.

Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue crews responded to the accident scene and took the driver to the hospital in a critical condition.

We hope the driver makes a recovery. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer or a dump truck, please call our Hampton Roads trucking injury attorneys at (757) 455-0077.

Griffin O'Hanlon

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