I-95 Head-On Crash Kills One, Injures Another Motorist
Crashes involving wrong-way drivers have a high rate of death or serious personal injury. Just this week an I-95 head-on crash left a motorist dead in Virginia’s Chesterfield County.
A report on NBC-12 noted Jailyn Richard Allred, 20, was driving a Saturn the wrong way in the southbound lanes of I-95 on Dec. 6, stated Virginia State Police. Allred crashed into a woman driving a Nissan Altima, head-on, just after 4 a.m., near exit 58, police reported.
The wreck caused a chain reaction. A big rig swerved to avoid hitting the two cars, causing it to jackknife into the jersey wall on the interstate. The 18-wheeler ended up in the northbound lanes.
The I-95 head-on crash occurred on the interstate two miles north of the Temple Avenue exit.
I-95 is one of the busiest highways in Virginia. The notion of a wrong-way driver on this congested highway is an alarming one.
This crash caused major congestion on the interstate in the early hours.
Virginia State Police said in an attempt to avoid hitting the two other vehicles, the trucker was forced to make an evasive maneuver across the highway. Unfortunately, the trucker lost control, causing his rig to jackknife crashing into a jersey wall and resting across the median where it partially blocked both the southbound and the northbound lanes.
While Allred, 20, of Chester, Va., was transported to the hospital, where he died, a second driver was also taken to the hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.
According to media reports, police did not say Wednesday why the driver was heading the wrong way on Interstate 95. However, alcohol was being considered a factor in the crash.
HAZMAT crews were called to the scene to clean up diesel fuel that spilled from the jackknifed tractor-trailer.
Our thoughts are with those injured and the families of those who lost their lives in this crash.
Statistically, wrong way crashes are 27 times more likely to be fatal than other types of auto accident, a wrong way driver crash study in Virginia found.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a wrong way driving crash, please call our Virginia auto accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.