RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Four people, one adult and three children, died in a car crash on westbound Interstate 64 Monday morning, according to Virginia State Police.
The accident happened at the Providence Forge exit 214 across from Colonial Downs. The left westbound lane of I-64 in New Kent has reopened after the accident shut down all lanes earlier, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
VDOT says a backup that had a line of traffic stretching eight-and-a-half miles at one point because of the accident has cleared. Traffic had been diverted at exit 220, Eltham Road in New Kent County, and exit 227, Old Stage Road in Toana. Drivers were advised to expect delays and plan an alternate route.
State Police say a sedan was passing traffic on the right shoulder when it ran off the road onto the grassy shoulder and struck a post housing a VDOT traffic camera, catching fire. The front seat passenger was cut from the vehicle and taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver and three juveniles died at the scene.
The identities of the deceased are being withheld until a positive ID can be made and next of kin can be notified. The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
State police sgt. Dylan Davenport could not provide specific details early in this investigation, but says they’ll try and find out how this car ran off the road in the first place.
“That’s one of the first things that we look at for any crash, why was the vehicle action completed,” Davenport said. “So, was there, was the vehicle actually on the shoulder? Why was the vehicle on the shoulder? And what caused the vehicle to run off are things that we will be working to determine through the investigation.”