1 killed in fiery I-95 crash; All lanes reopened
Updated: August 8, 2011 - 01:26 pm
All lanes on northbound Interstate 95 have been reopened after a fiery crash near Lorton that left one person dead and another injured early Monday.
At 2:13 a.m., a tractor trailer rear-ended a VDOT “cushion” truck, parked in a construction zone about a mile from the Lorton exit in the left lane, Virginia State Police said. The impact caused the trailer to catch fire, killing the driver. The victim’s identity has not been released. His body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas.
Police said no one was inside the VDOT truck when it was hit, but a construction worker suffered minor injuries when he jumped over the Jersey wall to avoid the crash.
Nine workers and five trucks were on the scene at the time of the crash. They were replacing lenses in the snow plow markers on the roadway, according to Joan Morris with VDOT.
The tractor trailer was loaded with produce, police said.
Authorities shut down northbound I-95 to allow crews to clear debris from the roadway. All lanes have been reopened, and HOV restrictions on the highway have been lifted. Northbound traffic was re-routed onto Route 1 at the Lorton exit through much of this morning's rush hour.
Officials expected the highway to be reopened by 6 a.m., but hot spots that kept flaring up on the tractor trailer delayed its removal.
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