A nine-car crash closed lanes and left wreckage all along the east side of I-64 near New Kent, Virginia. The whole thing started, according to reports, when a person who was driving a box truck tried to pick up a bottle of water. He reached to get it and caused the first impact. As cars began to collide, more and more vehicles were drawn into the chaos. Two semi-trucks were also involved.
Photos from the scene showed the front end of one of those semi-trucks, crumpled and smashed. Other photos showed additional cars, battered and pulled to the side of the road, as emergency crews responded. They reported that four people suffered from injuries in the accident, though the exact nature of those injuries was not reported.
The chain reaction seemed to begin right near mile marker 222, according to officers with the state police. That mile marker is to the east of the exit for West Point by about two miles. The crash happened at 10:26 a.m.
One person, a man from Norfolk, was charged for reckless driving. He is 41 years old. It was not indicated if he was one of the people who was injured.
To clear the road, help the injured and investigate the crash, the police had to shut down every lane that was running east on the interstate. This closure lasted for hours, with one lane staying closed all the way until 4:35 p.m., about six hours after the box truck allegedly started the crash.
When those involved in car and truck accidents have serious injuries as a result, it is good for them to know what rights they have when it comes to monetary compensation.
Source: Source: NBC 12, “TRAFFIC ALERT: All lanes reopened on I-64 east in New Kent,” Shawn Maclauchlan, July 8, 2014