State Police: It was a 69-vehicle chain reaction crash in York County and 51 are injured (update)

Photo courtesy Virginia State Police (All News Hampton Roads)
Photo courtesy Virginia State Police (All News Hampton Roads)

The Virginia State Police has updated the number of vehicles involved in a crash Sunday morning near mile maker 239 on Interstate 64 in York County.

Authorities said the 69-vehicle chain reaction crash resulted in 51 people injured – they were taken to area hospitals.

Two of those people are being treated for “life-threatening injuries,” said Sgt. Michelle Anaya, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

Authorities said 11 people suffered serious injuries; the rest were minor.

The State Police in an earlier report said there were 35 vehicles involved – the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office reported earlier that more than 45 vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Authorities said the report came in at around 7:51 a.m. in the area of I-64 eastbound near the Queens Creek Overpass near the Camp Peary exit.

Anaya said the cause of the chain reaction crash remains unknown, but noted fog and ice on the Queens Creek bridge were factors in the crash.

A widening project is ongoing at the site of the wreck. It’s unclear whether the incident caused damage to the bridge.

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The road was shut down both ways and traffic was detoured to Route 199/Humelsine Parkway (exit 242).

At 3:38 p.m., all lanes have reopened on I-64 west at the Queens Creek overpass bridges near Camp Peary (exit 238), according to VDOT.

All eastbound lanes on I-64 at the Queens Creek bridge have also reopened from a second crash Sunday morning in the same location but in the opposite direction.


UPDATE 11:53 a.m.

The Virginia State Police has updated the number of vehicles involved in a crash Sunday morning near mile maker 239 on Interstate 64 in York County.

Authorities said “the current number of vehicles involved is 63, with a total of 35 individuals transported. This is the current total at this time.”

The State Police in an earlier report said there were 35 vehicles involved – the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office reported earlier that more than 45 vehicles were involved in the wreck

“The accident occurred at approximately 7:51 a.m. Troopers are on scene investigating,”  said Sgt. Michelle Anaya, State Police spokeswoman.

Anaya said the road is expected to be shut down “for an extended period of time.”

She said two of the injuries are critical.

Authorities said the report came in at around 7:51 a.m. in the area of I-64 eastbound near the Queens Creek Overpass near the Camp Peary exit.

At 11:18 a.m., traffic is being detoured to Route 199/Humelsine Parkway (exit 242) as first responders and VDOT crews work to assist the motorists involved and to clear the scene as quickly and safely as possible.

Motorists should expect delays and take an alternate route For updates, the public can check 511Virginia.org, the free 511VA app and Twitter (@511HamptonRoads or @VaDOTHR), according to VDOT.

All eastbound lanes on I-64 at the Queens Creek bridge have reopened from a second crash that had occurred this morning in the same location but in the opposite direction, according to VDOT.

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