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Backup cleared following fatal crash on Rt. 288

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Lanes are now open after a crash in Chesterfield claimed the life of a driver caught in the middle of two semi-trucks on Route 288.

Investigators said it happened as officers were responding to another accident in that same location. 

The pickup truck was struck from the rear by a tractor trailer from the rear, at which point the pickup was pushed into another tractor trailer in front of it. It ricocheted off of that tractor trailer and hit a parked car that was in the right lane stopped due to the previous crash.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, VDOT said all lanes had reopened, but travelers should expect residual delays as traffic begins moving again.

Around 4 p.m. VDOT issued a statement about the crash, which prompted the department to put detours into place while crews work to clean up the scene: 

All southbound lanes of Route 288 are closed just north of Hull Street Road (Route 360) following an earlier crash. The northbound left lane is also closed. Cleanup is expected to take several hours. During this time, drivers should use the following posted detour:

Traffic is being diverted off at Powhite Parkway (Route 76) west to Charter Colony Parkway (Route 754) south to Genito Road (Route 604) west to Hull Street Road (Route 360) east back to Route 288 south. Drivers will need to use the collector distributor road near Lucks Lane to access the detour. Expect major delays.

The backup southbound totals almost 4 miles, beginning near Hull Street Road (Route 360). Traffic within the current backup may be directed through median crossovers to alleviate congestion.

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