Virginia dump truck driver charged with reckless driving after bed gets stuck under I-95 overpass


STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office warned drivers to avoid I-95 north near the Truslow Road overpass on Tuesday afternoon after a dump truck bed got lodged underneath it.

According to Virginia State Police, the driver accidentally engaged the bed of the dump truck while traveling on the interstate. The bed then raised and hit the Truslow Road overpass.

The driver was identified as 69-year-old Earl Vaughan of Dunnsville. He was wearing his seatbelt and was taken to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Vaughan was charged with reckless driving for the crash.

All of the northbound travel lanes were closed as crews began work to clear the crash, causing major traffic delays. According to VDOT, the traffic delays were six miles long at 3:19 p.m. and backups eventually were nine miles long.

The lane closures started around 1 p.m. and VDOT announced that the lanes were starting to reopen at 5 p.m.

According to VDOT, the truck was removed from under the overpass and the road above was inspected for any structural issues. One of the northbound lanes was kept closed slightly longer for fuel cleanup.

VDOT cameras showed efforts to divert the traffic around the accident and give a glimpse of crews working on the truck bed.

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