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1 hurt, 1 charged in I-95 southbound pileup crash

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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State police are investigating the pileup crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 95 Tuesday, causing nearly a 15-mile backup for drivers heading south and injuring one of the drivers involved.

According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Steve Vick, Trooper S. A. Gagne responded to the six-vehicle crash, which occurred today (Aug. 12) at 1:30 p.m. on Interstate-95 southbound north of the Atlee/Elmont exit.

A 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling south on I-95, when it came up on traffic slowing for a previous accident. The Freightliner struck a 2003 Kenworth tanker, which struck a 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The Freightliner then struck a 2010 Volkswagen.

A 2007 International tractor-trailer swerved left to avoid the crash and ended up striking a guardrail but did not make contact with any other vehicle.  A Ford F-450 pulling a trailer swerved right and ended up in the ditch. As a result of this crash another five-vehicle crash occurred behind it, there were no injuries related to that crash.

The driver of the 2013 Freightliner, Charlie D. Wilson, 43, of Georgia, was charged with following too close. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the 2010 Volkswagen, Lynn B. Weiser, 45, of Ohio, was transported to MCV Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.

No other injuries were reported. All other drivers involved were wearing seatbelts.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, at 3:15 p.m. backups extended 14.5 miles. An hour later, one lane of I-95 southbound remained closed to remove a large disabled vehicle; the backup was approximately 9 miles.

The crash remains under investigation.