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Alcohol involved in deadly interstate accident

By: Yvette Yeon – bio | email   

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A deadly interstate crash where a woman was thrown from her car causes traffic headaches for drivers.

Police are saying alcohol could be the culprit.

This all happened shortly after 4:00 Saturday afternoon.

Police say 20-year-old Tiffany Day died after her truck veered off interstate 95, hit the guard rail and plunged down an embankment.

Neighbors say they're not surprised and say that overpass is pretty dangerous.

The scene is not uncommon for Eleanor Walker; she's seen a lot of accidents in her 29 years in the neighborhood.

"Coming around that curb the speed limit is 55. So if you do 55 and you lose control you just automatically gone. You have nothing to back you up," she said.

Police confirm alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

But the news of a woman killed upsets Walker who said she and her neighbors petitioned in the past to get a safety wall built on the overpass.

"It was a dangerous, uncalled for scene today," she said. "Someone lost a mother and it was really uncalled for." 

Authorities say 20-year-old Tiffany Day was driving southbound in the left lane when she lost control and hit another car.

She then ran off the road hitting the guardrail and the embankment.

"There's no shoulder and terrible potholes up there an you can't get over because you might hit another car, so you got to be very careful," Walker said.

The crash is still under investigation.

Police say Day was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the other car was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

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