UPDATE AT 5:03 PM Dec. 22, 2019
Virginia State Police continues to investigate a series of multi-vehicle, chain-reaction crashes that occurred Sunday morning (Dec. 22) in York County.
At 7:51 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police received the first calls about a multi-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-64 on the Queens Creek bridge near the 239-mile marker.
Due to icy conditions on the bridge and severe fog, the crashes continued in both the westbound and then the eastbound lanes of I-64. At this stage of the extensive crash investigation, state police have confirmed that at least 69 vehicles were involved in the crashes that occurred in both directions of I-64. No charges have been placed at this time, as the multiple crash investigations remain ongoing.
51 people taken to hospitals as far away as Richmond
At least 51 individuals from those vehicles were transported to regional hospitals, to include Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and VCU Medical Center in Richmond. The majority of injuries were minor, with 11 individuals being treated for serious injuries. There are still no reported fatalities related to the crashes.
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, James City County Police Department, VDOT and seven fire departments, to include the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and James City County Fire Department, responded to assist with the critical incident.
Update – VDOT is rerouting traffic onto Route 199
Currently, there are 25 Virginia State Police units on the scene investigating and assisting with this incident. The current number of vehicles involved is 63, with a total of 35 individuals transported.
YORK COUNTY, VIRGINIA – Currently the Virginia State Police are working a multi-vehicle accident that has Interstate 64 westbound and eastbound lanes shut down at the 239 mm/Queens Creek, in the county of York.
At this time the number of vehicles involved is 35 total, with critical injuries. The accident occurred at approximately 7:51 a.m. Troopers are on scene investigating. The Virginia State Police ask for the motoring public, to stay away from the area, for the roadway will be shut down for an extended period of time. York County Sheriff’s office and VDOT are on scene assisting and rerouting traffic.