Police: Tractor-Trailer Driver Dies Trying to Avoid Crash Wreckage

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Virginia State Police LogoA tractor-trailer driver was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 East near the Fort Eustis exit Thursday morning, police said.

William E. Robinson, 69, of Staunton, died in his attempt to avoid a previous crash, which occurred in the construction zone near mile marker 249 around 3:42 a.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police said.

The rear of a Virginia Department of Transportation stationary crash truck, which had been providing coverage for construction crew members who were picking up traffic cones, was struck by a 2009 International tractor-trailer that was traveling in the right lane, police said.

The tractor-trailer ran off the road to the right into a ditch, and the crash truck, a 2006 International 4000, was pushed into the left lane.

Robinson was driving a second tractor-trailer – a 1999 Mack – in the left lane, when he veered to the left to avoid hitting the crash truck, the police report states. The tractor-trailer hit numerous trees and completely overturned.

Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers in the crash truck and the first tractor-trailer were not injured.

An unoccupied 2012 Ford Super Duty, owned by VDOT, was also damaged in the crash.

Police have charged the other tractor trailer-driver – Lawayne R. Bland, 36, of Prince George – with reckless driving.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, police said.

The eastbound lanes were closed after the crash, diverting traffic to the Lee Hall exit (247) throughout the morning. Drivers could re-enter the interstate at the Fort Eustis entrance (250).

The road was reopened around 1:15 p.m.