Posted by Iva Radman – email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have cleared the scene of a deadly accident involving a tractor trailer losing its tires on Interstate 64 going eastbound near the Staples Mill exit.
Police say tractor trailer a was heading eastbound lost its two right front tires and hit one or more cars.
After at least one tire crossed all lanes of traffic, it struck a van heading westbound, police said. The driver of the van was killed.
Police have identified the driver as Stephanie L. Bender, 36, of Colonial Heights.
The right lane of westbound I-64 was shut down, and all lanes are open in the eastbound lane near the Staples Mill Exit. Police say the area is clear now.
"No other vehicles were struck by the tire but several had to swerve out of the way to avoid the tires," says St. Thomas Molar with the Virginia State Police.
The deadly accident tied up traffic for nearly 3 hours, making for a messy morning commute.
After that, state police investigators checked out the tractor trailer, driven by 50 year old Charles Stanley.
Crews were making sure the truck, minus the two wheels, met all Federal Department of Transportation Safety standards.
"They are going to inspect tires, axles, and all the other functions of the tractor trailer to ensure that all safety measures are met," says Sgt. Molnar.
While the accident is still under investigation, police say charges may be filed.
That all depends on what crews find during the inspection of the truck, they will then take those findings to the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney's office.
We have learned that the initial investigation and check into the tractor trailer is now complete. We are told there appears to be no major safety issues with the truck. But, that is still under investigation and needs to be reviewed by the Commonwealth's Attorney Office.