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Deadly Accident on I-295

Three people are dead after being run over by a tractor trailer loaded with frozen turkeys. That big rig veered off of Interstate 295 Monday morning near the U.S. 301 Chamberlayne Avenue exit.

Crews were on the scene most of the day trying to clean up the mess.

"The tractor trailer was traveling northbound. It drifted off the right shoulder, hit the three people...the cars continued on, crashed, and caught on fire," says Sergeant Kevin Barrick of the Virginia State Police.

State Police say the victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to fix a broken down car on the shoulder of I-295.

Police have identified the victims as 21-year-old Eric Forbes, his sister, 30-year-old Gretchen O'Connor and his co-worker Donovan Hence.
8News spoke with Hence's father Monday. He says his son had just gotten off work from handling baggage at the airport.

"He was outgoing, a funny guy, still young, feeling his way....he enjoyed working doing his job, working at the airport...a fun loving guy."

The Hence family had been planning to get together for the Independence Day holiday. Instead they're now gathering to mourn Donovan.

"We're holding up as well as expected. There are plenty of friends who've been saying prayers," says Glen Hence.

"We'll miss him, but it's tough. God knows best"    
Timothy Taylor was driving the tractor trailer. He suffered only minor injures in the wreck. He's charged with reckless driving in the crash.

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