Six Are Injured in I-95 Tractor-Trailer Crash in Petersburg
Every day thousands of tractor-trailers rumble down Virginia’s interstates. When they are involved in accidents, there are often multiple injuries. This week, six people were injured in an I-95 tractor-trailer crash in Petersburg.
Virginia State Police said the crash happened around 12:41 p.m. on Tuesday.
Sgt. Stephen Vick of Virginia State Police said a Honda struck a tire of the tractor-trailer. He said:
“A 2012 Freightliner was traveling on I-95 when it was struck in the right front tire by a 2013 Honda Accord, causing the tractor trailer to strike the left barrier wall going over top and into the south bound lanes of I-95,”
The I-95 tractor-trailer crash in Petersburg led to injuries to five passengers in the big rig, reported Channel 6. They were transported to Southside Regional with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda was also transported with non-life injuries. The trucker was not injured.
Virgina State Police said the tractor-trailer was hauling 36,000 pounds of watermelons. Charges were reported to be pending and the crash remains under investigation.
The crash shut down two lanes of the highway and caused major delays on the highway. Interstate 95 is the main highway down the eastern side of the United Sates. It carries a massive volume of commercial traffic.
There are many causes of tractor-trailer accidents. The most common is a mistake by the truck driver. Mistakes can take many forms as we describe on our website. The main ones are:
- Medical Reasons: Medical conditions like sleep apnea can cause drowsiness. Diabetes is another major problem in the trucking industry. Truckers can also suffer medical issues like a heart attack or a seizure.
- Inattention: The driver may be distracted at the wheel of the truck of he or she may fail to notice a hazard that led to a vehicle crash, or failed to observe the impending danger for another reason.
- Poor Decision: A trucker driver may have been traveling too fast for the prevailing weather or road conditions. Following too closely is another cause of crashes, or the driver may have misjudged the speed of nearby vehicles.
- Performance: A failed to judge an intersection on a turn, over-steered, or displayed poor directional control of his tractor-trailer.
We hope those injured in the I-95 tractor-trailer crash in Petersburg make a full recovery. If you have been hurt in a trucking wreck, please call our Virginia tractor-trailer injury team at (757) 455-0077.