COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va (WRIC) — Virginia State Police are investigating what led to a Thursday evening crash on I-95 near Temple Avenue.
Early police reports reveal that at 8:46 p.m. a 2020 Jeep Wrangler traveling north struck a 2006 Ford F650 in the rear in the left lane. The Jeep Wrangler caught fire after the crash.
The Ford and its driver were part of an active work zone and the crash happened in a work zone transition area that was blocked by cones.
The driver of the Ford, a 34-year-old male, was wearing his seatbelt and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
44-year-old Kahli Sutton, who was behind the wheel of the Wrangler, was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Sutton is also charged with driving under the influence.
No other work zone personnel were injured in the crash.
State Police Public Information Officer Dylan Davenport said this serves as a reminder to slow down and pay extra attention to the road in work zones. “No one wants to be responsible for hurting someone else or themselves,” she told 8News.
“We’re heavily concerned with highway safety generally but especially those of our partners in the work zones, whether they’re VDOT or they’re private contractors,” Davenport said. She said in this case, private contractors were out working.
Penalties will also substantially increase if you’re caught speeding in work zones.
That part of I-95 saw a fair share of violence this week. On Tuesday night only a mile from Thursday night’s incident, police said two people were shot at multiple times while driving on the highway. Both of the victims are fighting for their lives now.
There’s no word on any arrests in that case.