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UPDATE: All travel lanes reopened to traffic at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The fiery tractor-trailer crash that closed all lanes of Interstate 95 North near the Lewiston Road exit (mile marker 89) in Hanover County early Tuesday morning is expected to impact the evening rush hour.

"The crash involved a tractor trailer that caught fire, which heavily damaged the northbound right and center lanes. Both lanes remain closed while crews complete cleanup and prepare the pavement for repairs," VDOT spokeswoman Jessica Cowardin said. "Crews are transitioning the crash scene to a work zone area, where the right and center northbound lanes are expected to remain closed while crews work to repair the roadway. The Lewistown Road ramps will remain open during repairs."

Drivers were encouraged to avoid the area.

The crash happened at about 3:11 a.m.

"A 2004 Mack Tractor-trailer was in the right lane on I- 95 north when a black vehicle cut in front of the tractor-trailer causing it to run off the road to the right, strike a section of guard rail and a tree before overturning partially in the roadway and catching on fire," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said. "The duel tandom trailers were loaded with various truck parts. There was no hazardous material spill; a ruptured fuel tank with about 200 gallons of diesel was contained."

No one was injured in the crash.

Scott Wise October 21, 201411:46 am

The right and center lanes remain closed during cleanup. The backup is now 4 miles.

Scott Wise October 21, 20147:38 am

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7 comments

  • charlie

    wow,whats going on?Maybe they need to watch more carefully who they give a license to drive one of these things.Its like a daily thing now with these trucks if not few a day.

    • Justin

      Charlie, You should read the article. A black car cut in front of the truck causing the accident. The Truck driver was not at fault

  • Roderick Jones

    Glad the driver of the semi was ok and no one was hurt. But the cars take trucks for granted until the trucks r sitting on top of them!

  • Stephen

    In LA they only permit these Trucks to drive at night after 10PM until 8 AM the next morning on Superhighways because of truck accidents! Why is it on the East Coast with cities such as DC Area, Phila, NYC Richmond, Norfolk Hubs do we allow trucks on Interstates with these dual tandem trailers except on truck routes. These trucks should be on Rout1 all the time doing speeds of ONLY 55 MPH. instead we allow them to be on Interstates at 70-75MPH . When they crash the whole road is unusable for 6-8 hours. Eight hours generally if their is a death investigation. Just saying,…I realize this accident happened at night.. the truck lobby must be good over in these parts to allow a ll these traffic interruptions continually. I-64 was closed yesterday..

    • Isaac

      SINCE IT WAS A CAR THAT CUT OFF THE TRUCK DRIVER MAYBEE CARS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ON INTERSTATES AT NIGHT BECAUSE INTERSTATES ARE FOR TRUCKS TO HAUL ALL THE THINGS YOU USE LIKE THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE YOUR USEING RIGHT NOW TRUCKERS ARE PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED AND DRIVE 200000 MILES A YEAR AND ALSO CARS SHOULD BE RESTRICED TO ONLY 55 MPH BECAUSE ITS YOU NON-PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS GOING 90-100MPH SWERVING THROUGH LANES AND NOT RESPECTING TRUCKERS HAULING 40 TONS OF FREIGHT FOR YOU!!!

    • Doug

      We would never get our merchandise if we required all the trucks to drive on Rt. 1. You’re not going to get any consistent 55mph speeds between Alexandria and Fredericksburg. It’s a complete stop and go situation, 35-45 mph in most spots. I have no problem with making the trucks only drive in the right lane but the problem here apparently wasn’t the truck…it was the driver of the black car who cut off the truck that caused the problem.

  • Meaghan

    It took me 2 hours to get past that this morning. I really hope the driver who cut the truck off gets fined extra for having the lanes shut down all day and all the work that now has to be done to the road

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