One killed, two injured in I-664 crash near Bowers Hill
© July 13, 2010
One person was killed and two were injured, one critically, when a tractor-trailer rear-ended a disabled Lexus on I-664 South near the Bowers Hill interchange just before 3 p.m. Monday.
State police had to shut down the interstate at Military Highway and divert traffic onto exit 13A, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Drivers had to make a U-turn onto Highway 58 East in order to access I-664.
The accident was reported at 2:55 p.m., said Capt. Mike Thibeault, Chesapeake Fire Department spokesman. The first rescue crews arrived at 3:03 p.m.
The four-door, cream-colored 1994 Lexus sedan had become disabled in the left-center lane of the four-lane highway, said Sgt. R.W. Walker with the Virginia State Police. The car was stopped just over the crest of a hill before the exits for I-264 East and I-64 West, he said.
The tractor-trailer, a 2000 Mack truck owned by J.W. Canaday Trucking Inc. of Providence Forge, struck the rear end of the Lexus and pushed it several hundred feet, Walker said. The front-seat passenger in the Lexus was declared dead at the scene.
State police have identified the victim, but because he is not a U.S. citizen, it may take extra time to notify next of kin, Walker said.
The driver of the Lexus, which was registered in Washington, D.C., was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the truck also was taken to Norfolk General with injuries not considered life-threatening, Walker said.
The investigation is ongoing. I-664 was reopened about 6:37 p.m.