Bowers Hill Interchange Accident Leaves Two With Serious Injuries
The Monday morning commute in Hampton Road is stressful for many people and leads to numerous stoppages and accidents. We were saddened to read about a Bowers Hill Interchange accident on I-264 in Chesapeake this morning that left a driver and a child with serious injuries.
An adult and a child were seriously hurt in the crash on Interstate 264 in Chesapeake.
The Bowers Hill Interchange at I-64, I-264 and Route 58 is one of the busiest and potentially most hazardous places on the Hampton Roads commuter route. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya confirmed an accident was reported on I-264 West near Greenwood Drive at the Interstate 64 interchange in the Bowers Hill section.
Anaya said the driver of an Isuzu Rodeo overcorrected after going off the road, causing the vehicle to roll over several times and hit a guardrail. Numerous ambulances attended the crash that blocked all westbound lanes in the area for several hours this morning.
The driver and a child in the SUV were both ejected. Anaya said the two were taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The accident highlights why drivers and passengers should wear seatbelts. Rollover accidents are the most serious types of wrecks. They often involve SUVs or pickup and are usually single vehicle incidents.
A number of questions remain over this Bowers Hill Interchange accident. It’s not clear why the SUV veered off the interstate.
The Bowers Hill Interchange is a dangerous and confusing place for drivers. Safety improvements here are the subject of a consultation by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration.
In March, the agencies announced the start of an environmental review process for the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider future transportation improvements at the Bowers Hill interchange. The Bowers Hill interchange brings together traffic from five major highways – I-664, I-64, I-264, U.S. Route 58, and Joliff Road (Route 191). Often drivers get confused at the Bowers Hill Interchange. For example, if you are on I-64 heading north, it’s easy to get distracted and end up taking Route 58 to Suffolk instead of I-664 to Newport News. Drivers who realize they are making a mistake may suddenly veer across the road, posing a hazard to other motorists.
The interchange is also used by many tractor-trailers heading to and from the Port of Virginia. One mistake or lapse in attention by a driver can cause a multi-vehicle crash.
The VDOT project study will look at options for short-term and long-term improvements. There will be opportunities for public consultation, VDOT states on its website. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.
VDOT and FHWA, will solicit public and agency comments via public scoping and informational meetings.
Our thoughts are with those injured in the latest wreck at the Bowers Hill Interchange. We hope they make a speedy recovery. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident in Chesapeake or elsewhere in Hampton Roads, you should consult an experienced auto injury attorney. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting location on Independence Parkway in Chesapeake and a main office in Norfolk. Please call us today at (757) 455-0077.