Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Here’s an update on the December chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County

WYDaily/Courtesy of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)
WYDaily/Courtesy of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

The Virginia State Police said 75 vehicles were involved in the Dec. 22 chain-reaction crash near mile maker 239 on Interstate 64 in York County.

That resulted in 51 people injured. The crash shut down that portion of I-64 for more than seven hours.

Authorities said weather and road conditions remain contributing factors.

Emergency dispatchers received the report of the crash around 7:51 a.m. A widening project is ongoing at the site of the wreck. It remains unclear whether the incident caused damage to the bridge.

“At this time it is known that the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet HHR, lost control of the vehicle, and spun out due to black ice before being struck multiple times by other vehicles traveling in the westbound lanes,” Sgt. Michelle Anaya, State Police spokeswoman wrote in an email. “Thick fog contributed to the lack of visibility on the roadway.”

Anaya said the investigation into the crash is ongoing and no charges are pending at this time.

“Upon final completion of the accident report, it will be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for final review and determination if charges will be placed,” Anaya said.

RELATED STORY: State Police: It was a 69-vehicle chain reaction crash in York County and 51 are injured

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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