‘It was chaotic’: 51 people injured in I-64 chain-reaction crash

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Virginia State Police say 51 people are recovering after a 69-car accident in York County.

According to emergency communications, they received a call at 7:49 a.m. for a crash on I-64 westbound near the Queens Creek Bridge.

In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Virginia State Police confirmed that 51 people were treated and transported in the 69-vehicle pileup. All lanes reopened hours after the crash.

Police confirmed 11 of the victims have serious injuries and two others have injuries that are considered life-threatening.

8News has acquired pictures from the incident, showing the mess that it made on I-64 just before 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

First responders as well as good samaritans were around to help those who were injured.

“Everybody wanted to make sure everyone else was alright,” said an eyewitness at the scene. “I thought that was a nice to thing to see out of such a bad situation.” 

Foggy roads and icy conditions are said to be a factor in this accident.

Darryl Butler spent his evening in a hospital room — not what he expected when he started his day just before 8 a.m.

“Just another day, I was on my way to work, I was going about 30-35 miles per hour and the fog was really deep. And the person behind me had to have been going 70-75,” he said.

Police say the crash also happened in a construction zone, where lower speeds were posted.

At this time, state police do not have an initial cause for the crash.

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