Authorities say cleanup for Route 460 will keep the roadway closed in both directions in Prince George through 7 p.m., after a deadly accident Thursday morning.
Crews expect Route 460 to remain closed between Route 156 (Prince George Drive) and Queen Street for several more hours, as they work to clean up the wreckage from the deadly crash.
The crash killed two people and injured 6 others when five vehicles collided just west of Disputanta around 8:45 a.m.
Two tractor-trailers, a work van, a passenger van and a car collided, killing the two tractor-trailer drivers, according to Prince George County emergency officials. There were reports of fire and a possible explosion. Thick black smoke could be seen coming from the area.
"I saw the first tractor trailer heading toward us and it was in flames and the gas tank had come off and sliding through our parking lot in flames," said Sara Faulkner.
The accident happened right in front of her place of employment. "It was gas fuel flooding into the lot and it was bursting into flames around us," said Faulkner.
When Robert Atzart heard the loud booms, he and his co-worker, Ricardo Romero, ran out to help.
"There was an old lady in the van trapped," said Atzart. "[Ricardo] jumped through one window — I went through the back window and pulled them out and dragged them from the fire."
"The fire was 10 to 15 feet around me," said Romero. "If the van blew up, I don't care, I have to save somebody here and I jump inside."
Police are asking drivers to avoid the area. VDOT is advising tractor-trailers to take Route 40 west to I-95 north then back to Route 460. All other vehicles are being rerouted to Route 156, then to Route 629 and back to Route 460.
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