Two Dead after Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-64
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
Virginia State Police are investigating an accident on Interstate 64 that left two people dead and two people injured.
A little after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of an accident on I-64 in Albemarle County. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle colliding in the westbound lanes near mile marker 128 near Keswick.
According to police, there was an initial accident further down I-64 that was slowing down traffic. The driver of a flatbed tractor-trailer traveling westbound did not realize traffic was slowing down and crashed into a Nissan Pathfinder, which was pushed into a Lincoln Town Car. A Chevrolet Suburban was struck, causing it to run off the road and turn over. It struck a second tractor-trailer and the impact caused the Lincoln to catch fire.
Seventy-year-old Vicki L. Shields of Palmyra, who was driving the Lincoln, died at the scene. A passenger in the back seat of the Chevrolet, 59-year-old Paul A. Brant of Lakeland, Florida, was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled and later died at the hospital.
The Suburban's driver, 44-year-old William E. Poindexter II of Prospect, Virginia, was not injured but his wife and front-seat passenger, 42-year-old Yolanda K. Poindexter, was taken to UVA Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. Twenty-four-year-old Kelsey A. Lesslick of Zion Crossroads, who was driving the Nissan, was flown to UVA Medical Center and treated for serious injuries.
The driver of the flatbed tractor-trailer, 50-year-old James J. Nagy of Bangor, Pennsylvania, was not injured in the crash but has been charged with reckless driving. Police say more charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
The wreck shut down I-64 westbound, rerouting traffic by Route 250, Richmond and Louisa roads. I-64 westbound reopened after about four hours.
Virginia State Police Update (08/07/2014)
State police have been able to locate and notify the next of kin of the second fatality victim in Wednesday’s traffic crash on I-64 in Albemarle County.
The passenger of the Chevrolet Suburban who was ejected and later died at UVA Medical Center was Paul A. Brant, 59, of Lakeland, Fla.
The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, William E. Poindexter, II, 44, of Prospect, Va., was not injured in the crash. His wife and front-seat passenger, Yolanda K. Poindexter, 42, of Prospect, Va., suffered minor injuries. Both Poindexters were wearing seat belts.
Virginia State Police Press Release (08/06/2014)
At 11:03 a.m., Wednesday (Aug. 6), Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Cash responded to a five-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-64 near the 128 mile marker in Albemarle County. One individual died at the scene and a second individual died later Wednesday. Two others were injured.
Traffic in the westbound lanes of I-64 had slowed for an existing traffic crash in the westbound lanes. A westbound flatbed tractor-trailer failed to stop in time and rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was pushed into a Lincoln Town Car. A Chevrolet Suburban was struck causing it to run off the left side of the interstate and overturn. The Suburban then struck a second tractor-trailer. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Town Car was struck by the first (flatbed) tractor-trailer and the impact caused the Lincoln to catch fire.
The driver of the Pathfinder, Kelsey A. Lesslick, 24, of Zion Crossroads, Va., was flown to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
The driver of the Lincoln Town Car, Vicki L. Shields, 70, of Palmyra, Va., died at the scene.
The adult male driver of the Suburban was not injured. His wife was transported to UVA Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The backseat passenger, an adult male, was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned. The male passenger was transported to UVA Medical Center, where he died later Wednesday. State police are still in the process of notifying the decedent’s next of kin.
The driver of the flatbed tractor-trailer, James J. Nagy, 50, of Bangor, Penn., was not injured in the crash. Nagy was charged with reckless driving. Additional charges are pending the ongoing investigation.
The driver of the second tractor-trailer, an adult male from West Virginia, was not injured in the crash.
All westbound lanes were re-opened to traffic by 3 p.m.