Traffic Alert: All Lanes on Inner Loop Open After Major Accident Near Van Dorn St.
All lanes have been reopened on the Inner Loop before Van Dorn Street after a cement truck overturned and caught fire this morning. The Inner Loop was closed for nearly an hour and traffic delays in the area were significant for much of the morning. Two lanes of the Outer Loop were also blocked by rescue crews, but have since reopened.
Virginia State Police report they received a call at 6:53 a.m. that a tractor trailer and several other vehicles had been involved in a wreck. According to First Sergeant Neil Johnson, a tractor trailer was disabled on the shoulder, and a service truck was assisting when a tanker truck carrying dry cement came upon the two vehicles and swerved. It tipped over and ignited, Johnson said.
The driver of the tanker truck, George Dawson III, 29, of Baltimore, Md., was transported to the hospital. He was suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Johnson said the two other drivers were standing on the shoulder at the time and were not injured. The accident caused three additional minor crashes, but none of those drivers were injured either, he added. Dawson has been charged with reckless driving, according to police.
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