Two accidents near one another have created a traffic nightmare on the highway.
All southbound lanes are closed on I-95 at mile marker 57 in Chesterfield until at least 4:00 PM due to a tanker truck accident near Woods Edge Road (PDF) that’s caused a six-mile backup.
According to NBC 12, a southbound Jeep crashed into the tanker truck, causing the truck to overturn and spill fuel onto the highway. Crews are currently on scene.
An earlier northbound vehicle fire at mile marker 56 (two miles south of the Woods Edge interchange) has closed two northbound lanes and caused a 5.5 mile backup of northbound traffic.
Basically, avoid the area if you can. But if you need to travel in the vicinity of the accidents, here’s what VDOT (PDF) recommends:
If you are headed southbound on I-95, take 295 south. I-95 southbound is shut down at Route 10, where traffic is being detoured onto Route 10 and Route 1.
I-95 northbound lanes are open following an earlier vehicle fire at mile marker 56 (two miles south of the Woods Edge interchange). A 5.5 mile backup remains. Drivers are encouraged to use Interstate 295 as an alternate route until residual delays clear.
Although, here’s a picture of what Route 1 looks like. Sigh:
— Kristine Smith (@kristine2415) July 24, 2014
Photo by: CJS*64