Crashes on Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge – Another Motorist is Injured
Two crashes in less than a week on Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge have reignited safety concerns about the bridge.
On Sunday afternoon, a motorist was injured when two cars collided on the I-264 Berkley Bridge.
Virginia State Police troopers were called to the accident scene at 1:36 p.m. following a report that two cars were stuck on the rail with occupants trapped inside. A report on WAVY.com said one person was transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital with unknown injuries.
State police dispatchers were not able to clarify how many people were stuck. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reported three lanes were closed as crews worked to clear the scene.
Crashes on Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge have occurred frequently in recent months. The wreck came just days after a man from Virginia Beach was charged with reckless driving after his pickup truck hit a jersey wall and fell Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge.
Given the circumstances of this crash, the man is lucky to still be alive.
Virginia State Police spokesperson Michelle Anaya said the truck crashed off the bridge just west of Tidewater Drive on Dec. 8. Emergency communications received a call reporting the accident at 10:13 a.m.
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The 20-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet pick-up truck when it hit the jersey wall, flipped over it and plummeted more than 70 feet onto rocks in the Elizabeth River.
He was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A report on 13 News stated he suffered two broken ribs and a lung contusion.
The pickup truck driver was later charged with reckless driving for driving too fast for the road conditions.
In recent months, we have seen a spate of multi-vehicle crashes on Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge during the morning commute.
There was a crash with injuries in November and a multi-vehicle crash in March 2016 that hospitalized a female driver.
In February 2015, a driver was injured when a car crashed into the back of a Norfolk Sheriff’s Deputy marked vehicle on the I-264 Berkley Bridge. This wreck also occurred during the morning commute, at about 6 a.m.
In 2014, Virginia Department of Transportation looked into an incident on Norfolk’s Berkley Bridge in which a bicyclist was knocked over by a VDOT contractor’s SUV on the pedestrian access pathway. The incident was filmed by the cyclist.
The Berkeley Bridge is a hazardous place because traffic switches lanes in both directions to either access roads to Virginia Beach and Norfolk or Portsmouth and Chesapeake. When drivers fail to slow down or to pay attention, wrecks can and do occur.
If you have been injured due to the fault of another driver on the Berkley Bridge or anywhere else in Hampton Roads, please call our car wreck accident team at (757) 455-0077.