NEW KENT, Va. (WTVR) – All lanes on Interstate 64 west at mile marker 205, near the Route 249 exit, reopened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday after two truck fires.
However, delays are still backed up around 10 miles as of 9 p.m., according to Sgt. Thomas Molnar with Virginia State Police.
Around 5 p.m., V-DOT sent out a warning that traffic was backed up more than seven miles, and strongly encouraged drivers to avoid the route.
The incident occurred between a box truck and a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was carrying tea bags, traveling from Virginia Beach to York, Pa.
The driver of the box truck lost control of his vehicle and ran off onto the right shoulder of the roadway striking an improperly stopped tractor-trailer.The impact resulted in a fire that engulfed both vehicles. A nearby wooded area also caught on fire.
The drivers of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries and will be taken to a local hospital. The driver of the box truck also suffered minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with improper stopping on the interstate.The driver of the box truck was charged with reckless driving.