August 8, 2013
An early-morning, fatal wreck on Interstate 64 causes two other accidents.
At 5:42 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to the scene of a single-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at the 105 mile marker in Albemarle County.
A 2001 Toyota Tacoma had been traveling east on I-64 when it ran off the right side of the road and up an embankment. The truck then came down the embankment, began to overturn, and then rolled across the eastbound lanes. The vehicle came to rest in the median on the interstate.
Investigators say the driver of the truck, Michael F. Dritto, 60, of Stuarts Draft, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.
Dritto died at the scene, he was the person in the car. Investigators believe fatigue was a factor in the cause of the crash.
Moments after the fatal crash occurred, a separate two-vehicle crash occurred in the eastbound lanes when a car suddenly stopped to avoid Dritto’s crashed Tacoma. No one was injured in that two-vehicle crash.
A tractor-trailer also suffered tire damage from debris from the two other crashes.
All eastbound lanes of I-64 were re-opened by 9:10 a.m.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 are closed at milepost 104 near Afton Mountain in Albemarle County due to a motor vehicle crash.
The accident occurred around 5:45 Thursday morning. A tractor trailer, and multiple cars were involved.
Eastbound traffic is being detoured through the rest area at milepost 104.
Significant delays are expected. VDOT says the highway is expected to be closed for some time while the crash is investigated and the vehicle is removed.
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