Car Slams Into Highway Workers’ Truck in Portsmouth’s Downtown Tunnel
Workers in the Downtown Tunnel between Portsmouth and Norfolk are so worried about their safety after a car slammed into one of their trucks, that they contacted a local TV station.
WAVY.com reported the crash happened just before 1 a.m. Friday in the westbound tube of the Downtown Tunnel.
Workers say the car was trying to pass another car in the tunnel when it came into the lane they were working in and crashed into one of their trucks. The workers told the TV station, the driver was going about 70 miles per hour in the tunnel.
This was a terrifying crash with potentially deadly consequences. Fortunately, no workers were on the road behind the truck when the car crashed into it.
WAVY reported the workers told the TV station they are seeing this kind of high risk driver behavior in the tunnel all the time. It’s against the law to cross a solid line a tunnel.
“We’re just trying to make a living and we want to go home,” Martin Byne told WAVY.com. “I [have] nobody else to take care of my son but me. I know it’s an inconvenience, but give us a break, we’re just trying to make a living and the work needs to get done.”
The crews are contractors working for Elizabeth River Crossings. Virginia State Police are investigating the crash.
The driver who was involved in the accident was transported to a local hospital. There was no update on the driver’s condition, Friday morning.
Our Portsmouth injury lawyers have written articles in the past about the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and the accidents that occur in them. If you have been hurt by the reckless or negligent antics of a driver in the Downtown or Midtown Tunnel or elsewhere, call us at 757.455.0077. At Cooper Hurley, your injury is our fight.