HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 in Hanover County.
According to Virginia State Police, an SUV pulling a trailer hit a dump truck while trying to change lanes. After making contact with the dump truck, the SUV ran off the right side of the road and hit a sign. The trailer separated from the vehicle and turned on its side.
The SUV driver and passenger both died at the scene. State police is working to notify family members before identifying them.
The driver of the dump truck was unharmed and the vehicle was not significantly damaged.
Virginia Department of Transportation has warned drivers traveling south that there will be backups this afternoon. The crash has led to the closure of the center and right lanes.
The center lane reopened at 6 p.m.
The crash happened just north of Route 301.
As of 3 p.m., traffic is backed up for 2.5 miles. The backup was about 3.5 miles long by 4:15 p.m. A 3.5 mile backup remained at 6 p.m.
VDOT is asking drivers to use alternate routes.