A chain reaction accident results in one of the worst crashes in our nation’s recent history. In York County, Virginia, a Sunday morning accident resulted in a complete traffic entanglement. On Interstate-64, a chain reaction collision resulted in a 69-car pileup. The Virginia State Police arrived on the scene but are still investigating the cause of the crash and attempting to identify those responsible.
The State police note that as part of their investigation, there were both ice and fog conditions at the time of the crash. The wreck happened or started at about 7:50 Eastern Daylight Time, a time frame known for heavy fog through the York area. The crash happened over Queens Creek Bridge.
Immediate numbers showed that 35 people required transportation to hospitals, but as police worked their way into the thick of the crash, that number sprang up to 51. There were no fatalities, or no fatalities reported yes, however, there were life-threatening injuries. Some injuries were minor, but it’s unclear how many from the crash are severe or minor yet.
About 25 of the injured people were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center. They alerted locals through Twitter that they had 25 of the injured in the hopes of helping families locate their injured loved ones.
Some injuries are a result of the car wrecks. Other injuries are a result of trying to alert oncoming traffic of the pileup. Given the fog conditions, it was near impossible for drivers to see the many vehicles wrecked in front of them. One woman exited her car too soon and was injured as a result of being hit by a car who didn’t see her, or her stopped vehicle — the lanes were shut down for hours during the cleanup and investigation.
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