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Motorists report dozens of flat tires after traveling I-64

VDOT is working to expand parts of Interstate 64 in Hampton Roads. While motorists reported dozens of flat tires Aug. 12, VDOT was unable to find any objects in the roadway that would cause the issue. (Courtesy VDOT)
VDOT is working to expand parts of Interstate 64 in Hampton Roads. While motorists reported dozens of flat tires Aug. 12, VDOT was unable to find any objects in the roadway that would cause the issue. (Courtesy VDOT)

An unknown issue on Interstate 64 last weekend caused dozens of flat tires on the passenger side of motorists’ vehicles, according to police.

Since Saturday, over 40 people have reported flat and damaged tires to police after traveling on I-64 eastbound, according to local police departments.

Police believe the damage may have occurred between exits 234 and 242, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

Ward said small holes were found in the vehicles’ tires, but police did not find any nails or screws. The damage was only on the passenger side of vehicles.

Police had stopped receiving reports of flat tires by Wednesday night, Ward said.

Police in other jurisdictions, including Virginia State Police and Kingsmill Police, also received reports of similar incidents, she added.

Kingsmill Police Chief James West said both Kingsmill guests and residents reported flat tires, but there were “less than ten.” Kingsmill officers were unable to find any items stuck in the tires.

After motorists reported the damage Saturday, Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation responded to the suspected area of the interstate, but could not find any items in the roadway that would have caused small holes, VDOT spokeswoman Brittany McBride said.

Crews from both VDOT and the contractor doing the interstate expansion searched Saturday, Sunday and Monday for items in the roadway, she said.

“As far as we can tell, it doesn’t appear to be construction-related, and is an isolated incident,” McBride said.

A Virginia State Police spokesperson was not available for comment by the time of this article’s publication.

To report any road hazards to VDOT, call the customer service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD or visit my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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