Tuesday 21 January 2020

Dozens injured in 69-car pile-up on Interstate Route in Virginia

This handout image released by the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office on Facebook shows first responders working at the site of an accident on the I-64 highway in York County near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019. (Photo by HANDOUT/YORK-POQUOSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE/AFP via Getty Images)
This handout image released by the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office on Facebook shows first responders working at the site of an accident on the I-64 highway in York County near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019. (Photo by HANDOUT/YORK-POQUOSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE/AFP via Getty Images)
This handout image released by the Virginia State Police on Twitter shows damaged cars after an accident on the I-64 highway in York county near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019. (Photo by HANDOUT/Virginia State Police/AFP via Getty Images)
This handout image released by the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office on Facebook shows first responders working at the site of an accident on the I-64 highway in York County near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019.
This handout image released by the Virginia State Police on Twitter shows damaged cars after an accident on the I-64 highway in York county near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019.(Photo by Handout / Virginia State Police / AFP)
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. VA State Police/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. VA State Police/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019. VA State Police/via REUTERS
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A pile-up involving more than 60 cars on a major road in the US state of Virginia has injured dozens of people.

The crash happened just before 8am on Sunday (1pm GMT) on the westbound Interstate 64 route in York County near Williamsburg, state police said.

This handout image released by the Virginia State Police on Twitter shows damaged cars after an accident on the I-64 highway in York county near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019.(Photo by Handout / Virginia State Police / AFP)
This handout image released by the Virginia State Police on Twitter shows damaged cars after an accident on the I-64 highway in York county near Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 22, 2019.(Photo by Handout / Virginia State Police / AFP)

Sgt Michelle Anaya added that while no fatalities were reported, it took crews several hours to clear the roadway and reopen all lanes of traffic.

Authorities do not yet know the cause of the crash, but fog and icy road conditions were contributing factors, Sgt Anaya said.

Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS

Photos from the scene showed a tangled mass of metal, with car bonnets crumpled, windows smashed and a red truck on top of another vehicle.

Ivan Levy said he and his wife were both headed to Williamsburg, where they work, in separate vehicles around the time of the crash.

Mr Levy told The Associated Press he started slowing his truck down and turned his hazard lights on when he saw thick fog.

"Next thing I know I see cars just start piling up on top of each other," he said.

Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS

Mr Levy was able to stop in time but then got a call from his wife saying she had also been involved in the crash.

"It was just so scary," said Alena Levy, who was evaluated at a hospital, but was not seriously injured.

Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS

Ivan Levy said he ran past cars to find his wife and help her out. They made their way back to his truck, and Ivan Levy said he then grabbed a medical kit and started checking on other victims because first responders had not arrived yet.

Sixty-nine vehicles were involved in the crash, and 51 people were treated or transported to hospitals, Sgt Anaya said, noting that those figures were constantly changing.

Among those hurt, two were listed in critical condition and 11 were in serious but not life-threatening conditions, said York County Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski.

Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS
Damaged vehicles are seen after a chain reaction crash on I-64 in York County, Virginia, U.S. December 22, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. Bray Hollowell/via REUTERS

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