HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Two people were killed in a fiery tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 95 in Henrico Wednesday morning.
State Police tell 8News the accident happened at approximately 1:15 a.m., under the I-295 overpass. The tractor trailer was traveling north on I-95 when it ran off the road to the left, struck a concrete support and caught on fire.
The driver of the tractor-trailer and a passenger died at the scene. State Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Their bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for examination and positive identification.
The tractor-trailer was carrying bricks that are currently scattered on the road. The left southbound lane remains closed as the cleanup continues. The rest of the southbound and northbound lanes have since reopened.
VDOT says that based on their inspector’s first review of the I-295 overpass, the damage is superficial and the bridge remains safe for travel.
State Police estimate the cleanup will last until 11 a.m.
The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.
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