Two Are Injured in 164 West Norfolk Bridge Crash in Portsmouth

Commuters who use the Midtown Tunnel into Norfolk faced a nightmare this week after multi-vehicle crashes snarled up traffic on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The multi-vehicle crash on the eastbound side of the West Norfolk Bridge (VA-164) on Thursday caused major congestion and injuries to two motorists.

Dramatic pictures on WAVY.com showed a Chrysler Town and Country minivan on top of Ford Expedition. Two other cars were involved in the West Norfolk Bridge crash It is fortunate that those who were injured were not more seriously hurt.

Portsmouth Detective Misty Holley told WAVY, four cars were involved in the accident — a white Ford Taurus, a white Cadillac, a blue Chrysler Town and Country Mini Van and a Ford Expedition.

The drivers of the Taurus and Expedition were treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Police said the driver of the Taurus was found to be at fault for this wreck and has been issued a summons for reckless driving.

According to VDOT, lanes were closed on both sides of the freeway. The east left shoulder, left lane and center lane are all closed, and the western left shoulder and left lane were blocked.

A back-up caused by the crash on Thursday extended for more than two miles for drivers on the eastbound side of the bridge. The scene was cleared by 9.45 a.m. Another multi-vehicle crash caused major hold-ups on the approach to the Midtown Tunnel a during the morning commute a day earlier.

The congestion seen in Hampton Roads during morning and evening commutes is exacerbated by the numerous bridges and tunnels that link the cities. The Midtown and Downtown tunnels between Portsmouth and Norfolk, the I-64 High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake and the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) between Hampton and Norfolk, habitually see congestion.

Stop and start traffic conditions can be stressful and cause tempers to be frayed, leading to recklessness and accidents. There is seldom a short cut and such conditions call for patience.

In a recent blog post, attorney John Cooper highlighted the link between the congestion going in and out of Norfolk and trucking accidents.

Large trucks can’t always stop on a dime.  The congestion that we routinely see in Hampton Roads makes some people drive aggressively and carelessly.  We often see people weaving in and out of two or three lanes trying to gain a few minutes advantage.  In congested circumstances like this, a certain number of truck and car accidents are inevitable. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck during the morning or evening commutes, or at any other time, we’d like to hear from you. Contact us at (757) 455-0077.

 

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