Accident Backs Up Traffic On I-64

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

March 22, 2005

An accident along Interstate 64 westbound backed traffic up for miles on Tuesday, March 22.

It started when Albemarle County dispatch received a 911 call around noon from a frantic woman traveling westbound on I-64.

"A girl called stating that [there was] a gentlemen driving the vehicle, and that his accelerator had gotten stuck, he tried the cruise control, he had tried the emergency brakes and the brakes and couldn't get the vehicle to stop, "said Virginia State Trooper E. N. Stallard.

Because construction crews had shut down the left lane of I-64, the driver was unable to get out of the way. That's when police say the Chevy Malibu struck a trailer that was parked on the roadway, then nicked three more trucks parked in the left lane before resting in the middle of the highway.

"He said he kept accelerating--the last speed he saw was 90 miles an hour," said Stallard. "[The driver and passenger] were both shaken up, just minor injuries from the safety belt."

The impact punctured a gas tank on one of the trucks which caused it to spill fuel along the highway. All lanes were shut down for over an hour while hazmat crews worked to clean up the mess. Some of the fuel spilled into a creek under the overpass. Hazmat crews are keeping a close eye on it, but don't see it as a problem.

The driver has been charged with reckless driving. No other people were injured.

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