Interstate pileup injures dozens

Published 3:29 pm Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday travelers on Interstate 64 through Yorktown on Dec. 22 were caught in a huge jam after pileups and crashes on both sides at the 239 mile marker closed the interstate down for many hours.

The original, and largest, crash was caused by an icy bridge and heavy fog, according to Virginia State Police. It happened on the westbound side about 7:51 a.m. The crash was originally reported to include 45 vehicles, and the final total stretched upwards of 63, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

Eventually, the eastbound side had to be closed as well due to a string of accidents caused by rubberneckers, Anaya stated.

About 51 people were transported to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. Eleven people had serious injuries. They were taken to hospitals including Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

Despite early reports, as of the afternoon of Dec. 23, there are no reported fatalities from the crashes.

More than two dozen troopers helped investigate and clear the scene. The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, James City County Police Department, VDOT and seven fire departments, to include York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and James City County Fire Department, also responded to assist with the critical incident.