A Virginia state highway worker may have been lucky to escape with his life when his VDOT vehicle got crushed by an overturned tractor-trailer on the Eastern Shore. The accident occurred in Melfa, VA, near the interchange with State Route 639, an intersection often referenced as the location of Tammy & Johnny's restaurant.
The VDOT crew member suffered back injuries requiring hospital treatment, but the commercial truck driver escaped unharmed. Police could not immediately determine why the trucker lost control of his big rig around dawn on February 19, 2015. Icy, snow-covered pavement following an overnight winter storm may have contributed to causing the wreck. It remained unclear whether charges would be filed, but drivers involved in wrecks like this one can receive citations for going too fast for road conditions.
Investigators must also determine whether the tractor-trailer driver ran off the road because he became distracted, fell asleep behind the wheel or experienced mechanical problems. Each scenario can lead to an accident, and each could leave the trucker or his employer liable for acting recklessly or negligently.
Back-to-back snow and ice stroms during the third week of February have left streets and highways all across Virginia dangerous for even the most cautious drivers in the best maintained vehicles. Anyone who must drive needs to do so carefully.