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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 04/13/2010

I-95 accident sends five to hospital

By Washington Post editors

A dump truck swerved out of control and struck 12 other vehicles on I-95 on Tuesday after the driver apparently had a medical emergency, Virginia State Police said.

Five people — including the dump truck driver, 57-year-old Wilton L. Powell — were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening. Two others were treated at the scene.

Police have charged Powell, of Woodbridge, with reckless driving. His dump truck was empty and going about 45 mph at the time of the crashes near Prince William Parkway.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
Tags:  DumpTruck, Interstate 95 in Virginia, Virginia State Police  
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I hope that you are going to provide some follow-up. How can the driver be charged with reckless driving if the police believe that he lost control of his vehicle as the result of a "medical emergency?"

Posted by: lydgate | April 13, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, how can Mr.Powell be charged with reckless driving if it was found that he lost control due to a medical emergency? Just don't sound right. Of course giving thanks to the one up above, no one was seriously injured. Just because one drives a big truck does not necessarily mean it has to always be the comercial drivers fault. Nor does it mean that any driver of a commericial vehicle should be driving wreckless. PEOPLE Need To Wake Up, & Respect the Truck Drivers on the roads. Be more courteous. And U Truckers that are out there rolling, SLOW IT DOWN!! Ur Livelyhood, Life and the lives of all others Should be more important than that delivery. I also want to say that I-95 Northbound, far right lane from the Dale City exit to the Manassas/Woodbridge exit the lane is very rough, ragged and uneven. Traveling at the speed limit in a commercial vehicle or any vehicle for that matter, I find it easy to bounce around and possibily loose control of a vehicle, because I to am a commercial driver and have done so in that location. In a bus, in a dump truck and in a car. DOT needs to get on their job!! My prayers go out to each and every indivisual who was injured in this accident. And I would hope that Justice Will Prevail!! God Bless, and Remember, CHANGE- Starts @ Home.

Posted by: StraightUp1 | April 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

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