One dead in single vehicle crash on I-295

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police are on scene of a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 295 southbound at the 33.5 mile marker near Mechanicsville in Hanover County.

The crash occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon when the vehicle traveling in the left-center lane ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver, 78-year-old Janet A. Bankowski of Virginia Beach, died at the scene. Her 10-year-old granddaughter from Charlottesville was transported to VCU Medical Center by ambulance with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.  The right two lanes are currently closed. Further information will follow once next of kin has been notified. There is approximately a one mile back up as of 1:50 p.m.

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