Tuesday evening's drive for commuters from Charlottesville to the Shenandoah Valley is moving along smoothly after a fiery accident near Crozet.

A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down a portion of Interstate-64 near mile marker 104 in both directions for more than an hour, leaving hundreds of drivers stuck.

Virginia State Police say a tractor trailer carrying medical supplies rear-ended a trailer hauling men's body wash/cologne around 12:40 p.m. The impact of the crash ruptured the second tractor-trailer's fuel tank, causing it to catch fire.

Driver Ismael Lopez-Gonzalez, 41, of Chester, Va., suffered a minor injury and was transported to Augusta Health for treatment. Lopez-Gonzalez was charged with reckless driving. The driver of the other tractor-trailer, a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not injured in the crash.

The eastbound lanes of I-64 were reopened to traffic around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The westbound side had to remain close for a longer period of time while crews cleaned up debris. All westbound lanes were reopened around 7:45 p.m.


Virginia State Police News Release:

Virginia State Police Trooper P.J.B. Serkes is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 12:39 p.m.Tuesday (June 30) in Albemarle County. The crash occurred on Interstate 64 near the 104 mile marker.

A tractor-trailer was traveling west on I-64 at a slow speed due to the incline in the highway when it was rear-ended by a second tractor-trailer traveling behind it. The impact of the crash ruptured the second tractor-trailer's fuel tank causing the second tractor-trailer to catch fire.

The driver of the first tractor trailer, a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not injured in the crash. The tractor-trailer was loaded with men's body wash/cologne.

The driver of the second tractor-trailer, Ismael Lopez-Gonzalez, 41, of Chester, Va., suffered a minor injury and was transported to Augusta Health for treatment. Lopez-Gonzalez was charged with reckless driving. The tractor-trailer was hauling medical supplies.

The westbound lanes of I-64 are closed as the burned debris is cleaned up and removed…and should remain closed for another hour. Motorists are advised to plan for delays as a detour is in place.

The eastbound lanes are open.

Corinne N. Geller

Public Relations Director

Virginia State Police