According to Inside NoVa and other local news sources, a truck driver died at the scene of a Virginia tractor-trailer accident near Quantico Marine Corps Base in Prince William County. Authorities investigating the VA truck crash say that speed may have been a factor in the fatal accident.
The Virginia tractor-trailer accident took place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11. Forty-three-year-old truck driver Gerald Newhouse, Jr., of Stafford, Virginia, was negotiating a ramp at the Russell Road and I-95 exchange when he lost control of his vehicle. His 18-wheeler, which was carrying concrete, ran off of the road and flipped, killing the man before emergency crews arrived to help.
Prince William County Police arrived at the scene and extracted the man from the cab of the truck, investigated the cause of the accident, and cleared the wrecked vehicle from the side of the road. Although the investigation is ongoing, authorities say that the truck may have been going too fast to make the left turn from Interstate 95 onto Russell Road.
According to a report from the Virginia Department of Transportation, the big-rig accident caused traffic backups on I-95 south for several hours due to a closed lane.
A significant number of truck accident are caused by speeding trucks, traveling too fast to safely negotiate turns—and interstate on-ramps and off-ramps are a common location for these crashes.
The Virginia truck accident attorneys at Shapiro & Appleton send their sincere condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of the accident victim in this case.