A one-vehicle tractor-trailer accident in Pittsylvania County closed all southbound lanes of Route 29 on Tuesday, December 18. No one was seriously injured in the Virginia truck crash.
According to Virginia State Police, the truck accident occurred at around 3 a.m. when an unidentified trucker traveling north on Route 29 veered out of his lane, off of the left side of the road, across the median, and across two southbound oncoming lanes of traffic. Although the truck did not strike any vehicles, it crashed down a steep embankment on the left side of the southbound lanes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) stated that emergency crews closed all lanes and both shoulders of Route 29 South and asked divers to find alternate routes in the area to avoid backups and delays. The commercial tractor-trailer was removed from the scene and the lanes were reopened for travel by the public at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The trucker did not suffer serious injuries in the crash but was treated at a local hospital for minor complaints as a precaution.
The VA truck accident is under investigation. Although, it does not appear that the trucker has been cited for any moving violations at this time.
On December 22 in Greenbrier County, another one-vehicle truck accident took place. In this accident, a trucker was traveling on the I-64 West in Virginia when he lost control of his big-rig in icy conditions around 3 a.m. The truck jackknifed and closed one lane of the interstate as emergency crews investigated the accident, attended to the driver, and cleared the wreckage. The trucker was treated for minor injuries.