Update: A tractor trailer accident has tied up traffic on exit 84-B, off I-95 south, heading towards Short Pump. Traffic is getting by on the shoulder, but it will remain partially closed until Saturday morning when cleanup can be finished. In the meantime, expect delays if you're going that way.
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A tractor trailer accident caused a huge mess for cleanup crews Friday. State police say the semi overturned shortly after 3:30 a.m. on the 84B exit ramp off I-95 South heading towards Short Pump.
The wheels up in the air, mangled metal, and spilled boxes tell the story.
"We have a mess on our hands," said Ronnie Newton with Fields Ashland Towing Company.
Newton says he hardly ever sees one turned over all way on its roof like this. State police say the driver was exiting I-95 southbound. He hit the guardrail, and brought some of it with him when he crashed near the woods.
"He was entangled pretty much in between the guardrail and the truck itself," said Henrico Fire Captain Stan Langford.
It took fire firefighters roughly two hours to pull out 31-year-old Mike Hylton. EMS crews rushed him to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries but he's expected to survive.
"The guys did an awesome job here and the outcome is great for the patient," Capt. Langford added.
State police say Hylton was hauling boxes of empty liquor bottles from Toano Virginia to Kentucky. When the semi overturned, the trailer broke spilling out the contents. They loaded the boxes into a separate truck. The driver didn't say if they'd be able to re-use the bottles that didn't break.
The wrecker service used a cable to secure the trailer so they could finish unloading the truck. The next step is removing the 18-wheeler.
"That's another story," Newton said.
State police say Hylton was charged with reckless driving. They say he may have been speeding, but they're still investigating what exactly caused him to crash.