RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An accident involving a tractor trailer on southbound Interstate 95 that blocked traffic near the Boulevard and Lombardy area in Richmond for hours has been cleared.
But, the accident caused quite a lot of problems for people trying to get an early start on the holiday travel weekend.
Holiday travelers were going no where fast on 95 south this morning, all because of a jackknifed tractor trailer, which blocked all lanes of traffic for some time.
People looking for an early start, found themselves in quite a mess.
"Horrible," said James Grandits.
"Nightmare," said Jeremy Barnes.
But one family, all the way from Northern New Jersey, was in pretty good spirits. "We are ahead of schedule so we are fine," said China Santos.
Around 7:00 this morning, the driver of this tractor trailer told State Police he came up to some stopped traffic in the left lane and tried to change lanes. The driver lost control of the truck and this was the result.
Quickly, things backed up on 95 both north and southbound.
"At first we thought it was just morning traffic but then, it completely stopped," says James.
The accident is a good reminder on how busy the roads will be this weekend and why State Police are urging you to pay attention to what's going on around you.
"Scan ahead to look for any potential hazards on the roadway, slow or stopped traffic," says Sgt. Thomas Molnar with the Virginia State Police.
You'll also want to watch out for the State Troopers. You will see 75 percent of it's force out on the road, looking for speeders and other potential problems.
Meanwhile, after about an hour or two, drivers in the mess this morning were once again off to see their families.
"Once I get past it, I'll forget about it!," adds James.
"This is cheesecake compared to what it could have turned out to be," says Santos.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Adrian Mayo from Richmond, was taken to VCU Medical Center with minor injuries. He was charged with reckless driving.
Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.