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Police Investigate Fatal Crash on I-64 in Fluvanna County

Posted: Updated: Oct 10, 2016 10:05 AM
Emergency crews on the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 64 Emergency crews on the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 64
Virginia State Police on the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 64 Virginia State Police on the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 64
Traffic accident on I-64 in Albemarle County (Image courtesy VDOT) Traffic accident on I-64 in Albemarle County (Image courtesy VDOT)
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A police investigation closed nearly 10 miles of Interstate 64 across multiple counties for several hours Wednesday morning.

Interstate 64 eastbound was closed from mile 124 (Shadwell) to mile 136 (Zion Crossroads) through Albemarle and Louisa counties while police investigated a fatal crash.

Virginia State Police responded at 3:53 a.m. to a crash involving a tractor-trailer and motorcycle near mile marker 134 in Fluvanna County. Investigators say the tractor-trailer was heading east when it struck a 1994 Harley-Davidson near mile marker 128. The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer is a man from Minnesota, and was not injured in the crash. The driver told police that he initially thought he had hit debris, as fog, rain, and lack of lighting made it hard to see.

Police say the motorcycle's taillights were dim due to the age of the motorcycle and partially obscured by the load strapped to the rear of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was also wearing dark clothing.

The crash remains under investigation. The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team were at the scene to assist with the investigation.

The interstate was reopened to traffic around 9:30 a.m.

Updated Release from Virginia State Police: (approx 1:30 p.m.)

Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Ruhlman is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Fluvanna County. The crash occurred Wednesday (Sept. 28), at approximately 3:40 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64.

A tractor-trailer was traveling east on I-64 when it struck an eastbound 1994 Harley-Davidson near the 128 mile marker. The motorcycle's operator was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.

The tractor-trailer driver, an adult male from Minnesota, was not injured in the crash. The driver initially thought he had struck a piece of debris, as the motorcycle was difficult to see in the patchy fog and heavy rain along this non-lit stretch of interstate.

In addition, the Virginia State Police Crash Investigation Team was able to determine that the motorcycle's taillights were dim due to the age of the motorcycle and partially obscured by the load strapped to the rear of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was wearing dark clothing, as well.

The crash remains under investigation. The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. State police is still in the process of notifying the motorcyclist's next of kin.

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