A multi-car wreck backed up traffic on Interstate 64 for miles around 6:00 Thursday night. A six-car pileup closed both westbound lanes of I-64.
The accident happened around mile marker 101 in Albemarle County on Afton Mountain. Virginia State Police say a Ford F-150 didn't stop in time to avoid slowed traffic, causing a chain-reaction crash with vehicles in front of and behind it.
The driver of the pickup truck, Maria Del Carmen, was charged with following too closely and failing to have a valid driver's license.
Of the six vehicles involved, police say one person was minorly injured.
All lanes were re-opened shortly after 8 p.m.
Virginia State Police Press Release
At 6:03 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Martin was called to the scene of a six-vehicle chain reaction crash on Afton Mountain in Albemarle County. Traffic in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 had slowed. A westbound Ford F-150 failed to stop in time and sparked the chain reaction crash. Based on the trooper's investigation, the F-150 pickup truck struck the vehicle in front it, which pushed that vehicle into the one in front of it. Three vehicles behind the F-150 then crashed into one another trying to avoid the other crashed vehicles.
There was only one minor injury sustained in all six vehicles.
The driver of the F-150, Maria Del Carmen, 30, was charged with following too closely and failing to have a valid driver's license. (State police are still in the process of determining Del Carmen's place of residence)
All lanes were reopened by 8:10 p.m.
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