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UPDATE: Route 60 at Bell Road back open

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - UPDATE: All lanes have been reopened on Route 60 at Bell Road following the serious accident earlier today.

We've learned that crews will have part of the road down to one lane near the crash site on Tuesday, as the cleanup continues. That is expected to happen after the morning rush hour commute.

As a result of today's crash, we talked to several neighbors who say the road where the accident happened, is a dangerous one.

So, we asked VDOT to check into some crash stats for us. From January 1, 2008 until December 31, 2010, VDOT tells us there's been 18 crashes in a two mile stretch near Monday's crash. That report includes 16 injuries and 0 fatals.

However, neighbors tell us the crashes continue to pile up since then.

"The one that happened a couple of weeks ago, there was a truck to the left and a Geo Storm to the right and they both looked totaled to me," says Chad Anderson.  


Route 60 will remain closed through rush hour Monday so police can investigate a crash that killed three people near Bell Road in Powhatan.

The road is expected to remain closed until after dark, according to State Police. Drivers eastbound should detour onto Route 627 to Route 13, which will add around 30 extra minutes to their commute. Westbound drivers should take Bell Road to Route 629.

Investigators believe a dump truck driver heading west crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit a log truck head-on at 5:13 a.m. Monday one mile west of Bell road. The log truck and caught fire.

The driver of the dump truck and two people in the log truck were all killed. The log truck burned so badly investigators say they will have to use dental records to identify the victims.

Three other tractor-trailers and another car were involved in the crash, as well. One person inside one of the tractor-trailers suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and was med-flighted to VCU Medical Center for treatment. The other victims suffered minor injuries.

James Dabney was involved in the wreck, but made it out just fine. He says he didn't think he'd be standing here alive. He saw two dump trucks heading west away from town. He says the first one crossed the center lane and swiped his truck... 

 "I've never been in a wreck like this before," said Dabney. He knew the men inside the log truck and tried to save them. "It was a terrible blaze, but there was nothing I could do," said Dabney.

Neighbors say they heard at least three different explosions after the crash, which closed all lanes on both sides of the road. Crews are expected to be at the scene all day.

"It was like something from a horror movie," said, neighbor Marcus Henderson. "I looked out my window and saw cop cars racing down the road. It was just a mess. This road stays pretty busy 24/7. An accident is not uncommon."

State Police are still working on the cause of the accident and have not released the identities of the victims.

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