A wrong-way driver was killed in a head-on crash that closed lanes on Interstate 95 near the Chesterfield County-Colonial Heights line. The initial crash was reported at about 4:10 a.m. on I-95 south two miles north of the Temple Avenue exit. “A man driving a Saturn sedan was traveling northbound in the southbound lane on I-95,” Virginia State Police spokesperson Sergeant Keeli Hill said referencing the Virginia State Police troopers’ preliminary investigation. “The driver of the Saturn struck a female driving in a Nissan Altima head-on.” A tractor trailer driver behind the two-vehicle crash was not able to safely stop in time. “In an attempt to avoid striking the two other vehicles, the tractor trailer driver was forced to make an evasive maneuver causing it to jackknife hitting a jersey wall and resting across the median partially blocking both the southbound and the northbound lanes,” Sgt. Hill said.
Virginia State Police said that Jailyn Richad Allred, 20, of Chester, Va., was transported to the hospital, where he died. The second driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police have not yet said why the driver was headed the wrong way on Interstate 95, but said alcohol was being considered a factor in the crash. HAZMAT crews were called in to clean up diesel fuel that spilled from the jackknifed tractor trailer.
Three ppl taken to the hospital after a 3-car accident on I-95S by Wathall & Colonial Heights line. One lane open each direction. Fuel & diesel is spilling out of trailer, Hazmat crews are containing it. pic.twitter.com/Uref0qIXHS
— Claudia Rupcich (@ClaudiaRupcich) December 6, 2017
The crash forced police to shutdown lanes both northbound and southbound on Interstate 95. Traffic delays exist in the area.
Virginia State Police said the crash remained under investigation.